IN PICTURES: Looking at Long Beach through abstract photography

Photo Gallery Saturday is a second Saturday monthly photo series by the Long Beach Post staff that aims to highlight unique scenes across the city. To contact us, email Visuals Editor Thomas R. Cordova at [email protected]. These photos are not Photoshopped. 

This month, the photographers at the Long Beach Post took on the challenge of abstract photography, shooting macroscopic views of natural and man-made objects in and around the city.

It’s difficult to define or impose rules on abstract photography. It can be a surreal swipe of colors, a purposely out-of-focus view making the common uncommon, the easily recognized uneasily recognized. Or isolating fragments of nature and objects and transforming them into something seemingly unreal or at least otherwise overlooked through the use of color, focus, light and shade, texture and shape.

Photographer and Psychology professor John Shuler took on the task of defining the art, writing, “Here’s the acid test: If you look at a photo and there’s a voice inside you that says ‘What is it?’….Well, there you go. It’s an abstract photograph.”

Life In Light and Shadow. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

A Pride flag waves in the wind in Long Beach. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

Claude Monet. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

The killer whales painted on Long Beach Arena appear to be swimming through the tree in the foreground at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

Chess pieces with faces at a circa 1930’s home in Long Beach. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

Broken Glass. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Sea Worthy. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Chipped. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Green spikes. Photo by Sebastian Echeverry

Metal & Shadow. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Two Worlds. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Cans. Photo by Tim Grobaty.

Straw. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Strings. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Palm trees and the blue sky in Long Beach. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

Growth. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

A succulent plant reaches for the heights on Third Street in Long Beach. Photo by Valerie Osier.

A bracelet glows behind a light. Photo by Crystal Niebla

Gravity Shoes. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

Waves of a water bottle glow behind a light. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

A black light. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

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