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What is this mean abstract? It means everything and nothing. In Poland when we say that it is everything and nothing it means that it does not means something at all.

Searching stock by only this one single word gave me some result over 230.000 images that’s a big search, of course can see only hundred first ones online, then have to set some another keyword to concrete my expectation.

In art abstract means that kind of plastically art that is devoid of any characteristics of illustrative and an artist is not imitate the nature. In that point lot of DT images that have abstract in keywords do not much to this theory. But abstract is sometimes defined only by the artist that wants to show something that is abstract to him self.

So is this beautiful dessert can be also abstract? Maybe for his creator and others that find abstract in it.

It is hard subject with some hard answers from the bottom of our hearts and minds.

Photo credits: Charon, Alain Lacroix.

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March 18, 2008


well eh, thanks for using my picture in the first place ;-)
I like your article and the comments and thoughts it has caused.
It's a difficult discussion... Although I don't think this desert picture is a "true" abstract picture , I however think it's an "abstract desert", void of the 'normal' light and view you would expect from such a place.
In Dutch, the word abstract also means "not related to, not based upon the obvious reality". I think I used the word in this context.
But I'll be more careful in using it next time ;-)

March 15, 2008


Yes I agree with you in that point, but it seems that on DT when we choose categories for that desert photo for example we choose Abstract-Background and we automatically add keyword background and abstract without consider the meaning of this words. Of course dessert could be a background but for me it is not an abstract.

March 14, 2008


abstract is always for me is an image without obvious meaning - though an explantion can often reveal a 'hidden' message. So i would not class the desert as abstract (however appealing it looks!). I do quite a few abstracts ranging from 'meaningless' shapes right through to the hidden message kind, but they all have one thing in common - they must appeal to me. That's why if an artist throws paint on the floor and the 'mess' produced has such an appeal, it can be for me abstract. If on the other hand the 'mess' just looks like a 'mess', then that's all it is - a mess (for me anyway). I am sure many will disagree, but then that is the main point of abstract art - some get it, some don't. And of course they are both right/wrong

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