021 Alison Metherell - queenstownphotographyclub


I enjoy abstraction as it gives me permission to indulge in my own responses to colour, tone, texture and shape. Abstract image must have composition and a focal point of some sort. Even though the focal point may not be recognisable it needs to draw your attention and generate a response. In this image my focal point is the ochre patch on the lower third. I do not get a sense of relationship between the focal point and any other elements. I also do not get a sense of feeling generated by swirls of texture. Instead I find myself jumping from spot to spot and never really being satisfied.

Please do not be discouraged by my comments as abstraction is hard and I have spent years working at it. You will get there too. It takes a brave person to embark on this journey as you are expressing your feelings/emotions through these images and it takes time to connect.

Some suggestions for you to consider – this image is “flat”. With a little additional contrast you could make this image pop. Try putting it into Photoshop and follow the process below and see what you think of the result:
Press control+L together and choose auto to get the levels a bit better
Duplicate the background layer (layer/duplicate layer/ok)
Invert the image – turns it into a negative (control+I or image/adjustments/invert
Now desaturate your layer (shift+control+u or image/adjustment/desaturate)
Choose filter “gaussian blur” (filter/blur/gaussian blur) and set radius to about 150-250) – you should be ablse to still see some blurry detail – it should not all be one tone and it should not be sharp either.
Choose your blending mode as “overlay”
If you now need to lighten or darken you can do so by shifting the centre of your curve tool up or down (control+M)

This method does not always work but it is a tool I often use to help my images pop a little more.