Abstractualism is the photographic artistic practice that focuses on the everyday and unfiltered view of today's world. Its aim is to enable an artistic movement away from the hyperreality of the photographic arts and image making world we inhabit today. It brings a realism to photography of what actually exists in front of us every day and allows the audience a moment to reflect on the beauty in the everyday of our real world.
Abstractualism’s aesthetics are to capture the 'actual' through photographs in an 'abstract' manner within the principles that guide the artistic practice.
Its intention is to bring a reality and straight through philosophy to the photography and provide a deeper thought-provoking reaction and meaning beyond its immediate visuality.
• Scenes and Objects photographed should be found and not constructed
• The photographer should move to photograph - nothing found should be moved to accommodate the photograph
• The majority of the production should be in camera, post production allows for traditional dark room style editing for film and the equivalent for digital
• The photographs should be in colour and with natural lighting, no flash or reflectors should be used
• The scene/object should not be immediately recognizable – scene’s and objects can be found in the world, but the photograph should not be a sign post for the audience
• Key elements of Line, Pattern, Symmetry and Texture are important components of the photographic composition