We’ve been exploring the idea of abstraction in photography last week. So we looked at abstract paintings by Rothko, Pollack and others to better understand the idea of non-representative art. Students were encouraged to think about the 2D plane and to use color, geometry, pattern, shape and light to “paint a photograph” without an obvious subject.
Many said it photographing in this manner was an enjoyable and freeing experience, because they could just look and shoot instead of interpreting or judging the subject or the photo.
We also practiced 2 simple ideas while editing with Photoshop:
1. Identify portions of the photo which you like, or are strong, interesting or important. Enhance those areas to emphasize them.
2. Identify portions of the photo which you don’t like, are weak, uninteresting or unimportant. Delete, diminish or de-emphasize them through the editing process.
Here are some examples of student work from A Block: