It’s not secret that I adore creating abstract photographs. It allows me to practice composing using visual design principles. As I work with the shifting light, colour, lines, shapes, curves, textures, and patterns, the experience of seeing becomes very different. Not knowing “what something is” allows me to tap into the underlying emotion or essence of the scene. I notice how it makes me feel, rather than trying to understand or figure it out. It’s freeing and fun.
Going Abstract runs for four weeks, Wednesday, September 6th through Friday, September 29th. There are three emails per week (except for the first week). The price is $48 USD. Registration is now open through the button below.
How It Works
Any kind of camera (or smartphone) will do. If you’re able to control aperture and shutter speed you will have more options, but that is not necessary to get the most out of this workshop.
Emails will arrive in your inbox on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
During the first week, you’ll learn a little history of abstract photography and practice “seeing” abstractions in your everyday environment.
In the following weeks, you’ll use your camera to experiment with several creative techniques. This is not a course in creating abstracts through post-processing, adding filters, layers, and textures. Instead, your creativity will emerge from the way you compose and through camera settings and movement.
You’ll receive inspiration and support through the emails and a private Flickr group. The group is an invaluable part of the experience. You’ll share your photographs and learn from what others post. You can participate in discussions at your own convenience. I will be present and engaged throughout the four weeks.
You’ll enjoy this workshop if …
* You’re intrigued by or are already taking abstract photographs.
* You enjoy a challenge and want to stretch yourself as a photographer and try something new.
* You’re comfortable being part of a supportive group of like-minded people.
* You believe practice is what truly helps you to grow in your photography.
The Weekly Topics
Week 1 – What is Abstract Photography? And, a little history.
Week 2 – Expressing Essence through Abstractions
Week 3 – Getting Creative with Reflections and Light
Week 4 – More Creative Abstracts (zooming, panning, intentional blur, and more)
What Others are Saying about Going Abstract
Thanks so much for Going Abstract. For me, this is just the beginning to seeing such beauty. I am so grateful; the emails were powerful and I loved each and every photographer you introduced us to in the lessons.Aarathi Selvan
Your class, offered in the dead of February, provided a well-timed awakening to my creativity. Through your instruction, introductions to others’ work, assignments, and the group members’ feedback on the Flickr site, I was re-energized to look inquisitively at my surroundings and see their inherent possibilities and beauty anew.Sofia Rector
Going Abstract allowed me to discover new horizons in my photography. It helped me reach hidden depths within and I developed a sensitivity to all the visual aspects of this wonderful art. I see colour and light and shade and atmosphere with more awareness than before.Sandra Favre
And, here’s an excerpt from a blog post written about the workshop. Click on the link to read Sherry’s entire post and see her exquisite images.
Now, you don’t need a course to play around with abstracts. You just need an open mind and a desire to try different things. But I would highly recommend taking Kim’s online course if abstract photography appeals to you at all. You will find her a wonderful catalyst to creativity. The course was a perfect balance of reading about abstract artists, techniques and ideas, and real practice. The feedback from Kim and the other participants is always supportive and encouraging. And I found seeing such a wide diversity of abstract work emerging from the group to be exciting and inspiring.Sherry Galey