33 Amazing Abstract Images


Opportunities for Abstract images are all around you. Here’s 31 examples to give you a little inspiration.

Curvy II

green walls of BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit, that is)

feliu ventura:no se què sent

Orange juice :)

Paris patterns

Red roof / fake color

morse code

fifty fifty

blip blip blip

a simple bench

rpm 002

Oil and Water - 207/365

Lines and curves

Green, orange and yellow


...in vein


Orange Depths

More than the number of gods

Coral abstract

The Darkness Staring

An omnipresent path for blind people

Hiromi Masuda: Let's play the Glass 2

don´t forget the butter!

Brushed Metal

Blue abstract



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  • Ivan Cabrera January 6, 2013 01:27 am

    Wow, I loved all of these, they are magnificent.

    I try to do this kind of work my self.

  • Elaine March 20, 2012 05:36 pm

    Amazing. I have a long term project where I take photos of "Multiples" and one day I hope to publish a photobook to display the best. Some of these images are inspiring. I enjoy looking at them and be drawn into them.

  • NIKKI BAYER March 18, 2012 01:52 am

    Taken at Seattle Library STA60029[

  • Joel brenner March 17, 2012 11:03 am

    I don't get the purpose of these abstract images; sure some are need to look at but few tell a story or hold any meaning; many look like pictures of other peoples artwork or drawings. I guess I just have a greater appreciation for a photo that conveys a message, feeling, or memory. Besides being screensavers or desktop backrounds, I wouldn't have a use for any of these.

  • Bikram March 17, 2012 07:52 am

    Great images, but a little description on what, where and how would have been great to with them, esp for learners like myself that want to try those shots.

    Keep it up

  • Morris March 17, 2012 01:49 am

    Incredible Images indeed, I wish to get up to those levels. I leave one piece of my work just to have any comment about. http://mauriciofotodigital.blogspot.com/2011/03/cortezaacorcecrust.html

  • Thieme Hennis March 17, 2012 01:30 am

    beautiful pictures. I stumbled upon this Swiss company that makes pictures of tiny things with great resolution. Have a look, it is amazing stuff: http://www.ikelos.ch/bilddatenbank

  • rhys March 16, 2012 11:13 pm

    What defines an image as abstract or what makes it so called?

  • coreen March 16, 2012 04:49 pm

    I would like to know if you are going to do any tip and tricks for LR3 and 4. Would really love to see some. For beginners that is.

  • Boye March 16, 2012 07:00 am

    Simply fantastic pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  • Debbie Salvesen March 16, 2012 05:31 am

    These images are FABULOUS!!! How do I find out what the settings were, what the objects were, and what conditions these were taken? I would love to try to experiment to see if I could get some images like these. Did you enhance any of them in Photoshop or some similar program? If you did, which one (and version) did you use?

  • May March 16, 2012 04:30 am

    Beautiful and very inspiring!

  • Ken Aynes March 16, 2012 01:54 am

    Outstanding and inspiring! Thanks to all for sharing!

    Here are some of mine: http://www.kenaynes.com/p14950558

  • SJCT March 13, 2012 06:55 am

    Cool stuff! Here are some that I have done: http://sjctphotography.blogspot.com/2011/04/slowwwww-shutter-speed-in-dark-pt-1.html

  • Yucel March 13, 2012 05:41 am

    Lots of great ones... I love how image one, as I am scrolling into image two creates its own abstract effect.

    Try it!

  • MeiTeng March 12, 2012 11:59 am

    My favourite is the last one.

  • bryan March 11, 2012 11:30 am

    inspiring shots i like the drop the best

  • Marcus Davis March 10, 2012 02:40 pm

    I love the last picture with what looks like paint being splashed! I can't wait to try to abstract pictures of my own this weekend.

  • Jason St. Petersburg Photographer March 10, 2012 11:24 am

    A great collection of abstracts in this post with lots of variety in the shot subject matter as well. It has given me ideas for the next time I have a bit of time to go out and do some personal shooting.

    My recent abstract work was using abstract bokeh:


  • juan March 10, 2012 10:37 am


  • Scottc March 10, 2012 09:27 am

    A wonderful collection of photos.

    Abstracts are a style I've only tried a few times.


  • louis dallara March 10, 2012 08:12 am

    Great work, very inspiring, I now want to do abstracts.

  • jim March 10, 2012 07:16 am

    Crazy good stuff.

  • k March 10, 2012 04:35 am

    Wow, great photos, my favourite is the first one and the last one. I have got a lot of inspiration from this article!

  • Derek Scott March 10, 2012 04:00 am

    Here is my contribution.

  • raghavendra March 10, 2012 02:48 am

    I always have craze for abstract images.
    Thought of adding life to it.
    Here's mine abstract images in our daily life


  • Jeff E Jensen March 10, 2012 02:31 am

    Hey Eric - your link didn't work for me.

    We had the opportunity to go to an open house at the University of Utah last week and my son was able to play with their SEM and look at a spider. Really cool stuff.

  • Jeff E Jensen March 10, 2012 02:28 am

    These are all amazing images. I love looking for patterns and abstracts in ordinary places. Here's a few of my favorites:




  • Erik Kerstenbeck March 10, 2012 02:20 am


    Love these images and great article - here is one which I call "Here's Looking at You, Kid"

    Scanning Electrn Microscopy Photo (mine) of a Mosquitoe


  • Darren Franye March 10, 2012 02:06 am

    These are incredible! I love seeing the world through a photographers eyes!

  • steve slater March 10, 2012 02:02 am

    An abstract psychedelic bee:


  • Mridula March 10, 2012 01:53 am

    Amazing mine is not even a patch but here are some patterns from the desert.


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