777 – Abstract or Surreal?

I’ve had the most recent issue of B&W Photography. There is usually at least one article that for one reason or another grabs my attention. This time it was an article y Tim Daly entitled “Abstraction”.

I don’t think it matters where you live, I am sure that there will be lots of opportunities for abstract pictures.

This did make me wonder about abstract and surreal what are the differences between them. Here’s a definition from Google;

Abstract is a style of art where the artwork does not refer to anything outside of the artwork itself. Surrealism is a style where the artwork draws from the unconscious and the irrational.

The way that I interpret this is to say that if I take a picture and manipulate it in any way, it doesn’t matter what the result is because the source is based on a real object, any photograph must be surreal in its manipulation. That it is impossible to take a picture of something and then produce an abstract picture.

Now that’s probably a bit bold to say that. One of those moments when I wish the fine arts forum on Compuserve was still about, I feel it would be a good argument.

Published by Bill

I just want to write, but I prefer to stay away from controversial topics like politics. I am happy to confess that at the moment, I am writing for me. If you enjoy my writings, and I hope you do then that is all the better.

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