Challenge 22. Abstract a Portrait


Simplify your portrait to focus on one of the fundamental elements of art: line, shape, form, value, space, color, or texture. Instead of trying to create an image that tells a story, shows what someone looks like, or evokes an emotion, focus on the essential elements of art to create a more abstract image.

Don’t be afraid to go outside your comfort zone. You don’t even need to show a person’s identity—feel free to create an image that is so abstract that the viewer can barely identify the subject. Simplistic or abstract images can make for unusually engaging imagery. Choose one element of art, and build an image that emphasizes it.


I first began abstracting images when I started photographing ...

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