I originally intended this essay to feature examples of abstract photographs. However, while writing the introduction I realized that I still had a number of things to say about abstraction that I did not have the opportunity to cover in the three previous essays. Rather than make this essay unnecessarily long, or rush to the examples without giving myself time to say what I want, I decided to include an additional essay in this series.
The main point of this essay is indicated in the title. Suspending disbelief means appreciating an abstract image for what it is. It means experiencing the vision of the photographer rather than trying to find out which techniques were used or what the subject of the image is.
My point is that we need to suspend disbelief in order to appreciate an abstract image for what the artist intended it to be and to say. While this essay is specifically about photography, this applies to...