Abstraction or realism? (Photography)


These photos are of patterns created by moving water at the coast, and one of clouds.They have not been altered apart from a little tweaking of levels/ contrast.
When teaching about abstract art (painting), many of the students initially had the idea that the artwork had to be created completely from the imagination. While that is one way, there are plenty of natural sources of inspiration. It is more about looking for pattern and shape and removing the need to identify a subject. These photos were taken because I loved the patterns. shapes, colours, contrasts and light. They would be good references for the painter of abstracts

dancing weed

dancing weed

clouds

clouds

surface tesselations

surface tesselations

crystal clear

crystal clear

… or can be considered abstract art (photography as the medium) in themselves… but they are also realism. Do you consider that a contradiction of terms?

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