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Difference between abstract, still life, and fine art photography

 
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Nov 03, 2016 15:08 |  #1

What is the difference? I am often confused about it since I see so many images that can go into more than one category.




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Nov 04, 2016 11:52 |  #2

No answers in almost a day? All right, I'll try. These categories are adopted from painting, and presumably they retain their meanings when applied to photography. The categories overlap. Fine art is the alternative to commercial art. Still life is defined by its subject: things (not people or animals) that aren't moving and generally aren't alive, although potted plants or flowers in a vase, for instance, may still be alive. Abstracts are made by starting with something real and taking off from it ("abstracting" from it) to make an unrealistic rendering. Abstract and nonobjective painting are different: nonobjective painting doesn't have a subject from the real (or from an imagined) world.

Most images in POTN's abstract thread aren't truly abstracts.


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Nov 04, 2016 12:42 |  #3

OhLook wrote in post #18175691 (external link)
The categories overlap.

Thank you for your answer and clarification. I agree, there is a lot of gray area between these genres of photography.




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