This essay features a variety of examples of black and white abstract photographs. These examples are organized into categories of images by subject. For each subject I describe the type of abstraction that I used and the motivation that led to the creation of these images. I also talk about the experiences associated with the creation of the images presented in this essay.
About abstract B&W fine art
Initially, when I started working on an essay featuring examples of abstract photographs, my idea was to feature both colour and black and white images in the same article. However, as the writing moved along, I realized that I had only a couple of black and white examples on my computer. As I thought about this I remembered several black and white abstract photographs that I had taken on film but that I had never digitized or scanned.
This led to doing research in my print files and in turn this led to the ‘discovery’ of many abstract black and white silver prints. These are early prints, created between 1986 and 1992 for the most part, before I started my photography business. Most of these images were taken with a Hasselblad V camera, some with a Leica CL and a few with an Olympus OM-1 and OM-2.
About the images
For the purposes of this essay, the kind of camera I used is somewhat irrelevant; what is important is the images. All the examples featured here are photographs of black and white silver prints. These prints were...