Well done both of you. Thanks go to the person that voted for my attempt. I found it remarkable that all entries were digital manipulations. There are so many abstract images around us but we not often take the effort to make pictures of them. Myself included. I looked up urban abstract and found myself inspired to look more closely when walking around.
Congratulations on the two impressionist images winning a contest for abstract images! I voted for for Re's as it was the most attractive abstract image.
Which brings me to an interesting point - how can you create an abstract image using solely a camera with no manipulation either through lens distortions or software/darkroom processes? The definition of abstract is that it represents something, either indirectly or emotionally, without replicating it, capturing (with a bit of luck) its essence and evoking a response in the observer*. Since a straight photograph is by definition capturing something that physically exists it follows that a photograph can never be truly abstract, merely obscure at best.
*obviously my effort was a complete failure in that regard, but I had fun doing it
Never having known what officially counts as an abstract, for me, it is usually a close up of 'something.' The 'something' often not recognisable as such, but the abstract somehow being a distilled core. (Sounds quite abstract, actually.)
I do this regularly, but did not have a recent one, so created a new one from scratch, or from a melon skin, to be precise.
Or, I shoot just part of something, without it being a close up, like this one:
Or is this not an abstract?
This is another detail shot, not a macro, that I think is an abstract, but I'm not sure. So please enlighten me.
I cannot find (yet) the 'proper' macro abstract, as it is not on CC, nor on this laptop, so I have to dig out my external hard drive.