Abstract art uses a visual language of form, colour and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world. Abstraction indicates a departure from reality in depiction of imagery in art.
This departure from accurate representation can be only slight, or it can be partial, or it can be complete. Total abstraction bears no trace of any reference to anything recognizable (Vineta Cook Art, 2018).
Looking at abstract photographers
Angie McMonigal is an award-winning fine art photographer from Chicago where she has resided for over 15 years. She, with camera in hand, has been photographing this city ever since. The images she makes capture iconic elements that go unnoticed by most but are in plain view. Her work has been exhibited and published worldwide. Her forte is in architecture, producing striking images of skyscrapers, she uses layers in images very well allowing items in the scene to overlap each other to produce interesting collages of texture, colour, and depth. Her images are not over processed in fact they are quite understated and tend to be on the cool side of the colour spectrum
She has had her images showcased by galleries in Los Angeles, Barcelona, Chicago and New York. McMonigal often works with architectural firms, art consultants, private collectors and designers to produce distinctive photographs for their collections.
Although we are dealing with abstract or abstraction in this project there are photographers who produce abstract images but are called surrealists. Man Ray was an American born visual artist but spent most of his career in France. Ray was a prolific artist not only producing amazing surrealist photography but was also a painter, and produced films and various objects.
Man Ray (born Emmanuel Radnitzky; August 27, 1890 – November 18, 1976) was an American visual artist who spent most of his career in France. He was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements, although his ties to each were informal. He produced major works in a variety of media but considered himself a painter above all. He was best known for his photography, and he was a renowned fashion and portrait photographer. Man Ray is also noted for his work with photograms, which he called “rayographs” in reference to himself (Tate, 2018).