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30 Amazing Abstract Architecture Photos (And 5 Tips on How to Make Your Own)

This post is part of a series called Architectural Photography.
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Architecture is an incredibly fascinating area of design. The seemingly impossible physics, the play of light, the masculine textures, it all comes together to create an incredible sense of fantasy and wonder.

The magic of great architecture is highlighted and even amplified significantly when presented by the right photographer. Today we'll take a look at five quick tips to keep in mind to help you shoot better abstract architecture shots followed by thirty stunning examples.

5 Tips for Better Abstract Architecture

Tip 1: Find the Fantasy

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Basel, Switzerland by Samuel Zeller via Unsplash CC0

When you approach a structure, try to find a crop that makes the reality of the building seem impossible. To illustrate, consider how the image above feels like an optical illusion.

Also notice how the lines are positioned in such a way that it feels like the building is immense and could continue forever. Without knowing this building, we don't exactly know what it is we're looking at and the curved lines create a strong illusion of infinite potential.

Tip 2: Master Symmetry

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Cistern via Pixabay CC0

The idea that symmetry is beautiful is an inescapable notion. When we see it in creatures, plants, art, architecture or anywhere else we are drawn to it and captivated. Whether it's that our brains enjoy the fun of spotting repetition or that there's just less information to process, we can't help feel that symmetry is good and right.

When you're shooting architecture, the simplest place to start is with symmetrical aspects. Find something that repeats, place two or more of them tightly in the frame and you'll have the potential for a great shot.

Tip 3: Look Up

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Saint Louis Arch by Brittany Moore via Pexels CC0

Some of my favorite architecture abstracts instill a dramatic sense of vertigo not by looking downward, but upward. Impossibly tall structures have a tendency to fascinate and terrify us at the same time. If you stare long enough to really let yourself get taken in, you almost feel as if you're going to fall into the sky.

Any time you're up against a tall structure, whether it be man made or natural, try taking a shot looking straight up from the bottom. Make sure to adjust your ISO and aperture so that the sky detail isn't blown out, it's often the texture and drama in that vast cloudy background that really makes the photo.

Tip 4: Twist that Camera

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Photo by Harli Marten Aas via Unsplash CC0

When you're shooting any sort of abstract, resist the tendency to level the camera as you would with a typical shot. Instead explore every angle and rotation to make the image that much more captivating.

The photo above uses rotation to add a lot of visual interest. It makes you want to twist your head to find the proper viewing angle, which isn't always obvious and can leave you wondering.

Tip 5: Lighting is Everything

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Photograph by Alexandre Perotto via Unsplash CC0

Whenever you have the opportunity, come back to an interesting building at different times of the day to watch as the sun plays across the surface and shadows envelop or escape the crevices.

Consider the lighting exactly like you would in high and low key portrait situations. Sometimes you'll want strong prevalent shadows for a dramatic look while other times a bright, almost flat appearance will make a more powerful statement.

30 Amazing Abstract Architecture Shots

1. 'UFO'

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'UFO' via Pexels CC0

2. Orange Windows 

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Photograph by Edgaras Maselskis via Unsplash CC0

3. Tunnel

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Photography by Mich Elizalde via Unspash CC0

4. Blocks

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Photograph by Lukas Koller via Unsplash CC0

5. Urban Symmetry

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Photograph by Charlie Harutaka via Unsplash CC0

6. Gritty

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Photograph by Maojin Lang via Unsplash CC0

7. Library

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Photograph via Pexels CC0

8. Triangles

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Photograph via Pixabay CC0 

9. Steps

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Photograph by Daria Nepriakhina via Unsplash CC0 

10. 'Level Up'

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Photograph by Todd Quackenbush via Unsplash CC0 

11. Sky Curves

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Photograph by Scott Webb via Unsplash CC0 

12. Misty Stairs

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Photograph by Davide Ragusa via Unsplash CC0 

13. Sky Light

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Photograph by Baristas Co via Unsplash CC0

14. Reflection

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Photograph via Pixabay CC0 

15. Jumble

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Photograph by Lalou Blue via Pixabay CC0 

16. Spiral

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Photograph by Stokpic via Pixabay CC0

17. Amber Symmetry

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Photograph via Pixabay CC0 

18. Lines

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Photograph by Simon Rosengren via Pexels CC0

19. Down

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Photograph by Andre Sanano via Unsplash CC0

20. Up

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Photograph by Jordan Sanchez via Unsplash CC0

21. Low

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Photograph by Noah Rosenfield via Unsplash CC0

22. Sony Centre

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Photograph by tpsdave via Pixabay CC0

23. Illusion

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Photograph by Jay Mantri via Pexels CC0 

24. Bend

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Photograph via Pexels CC0

25. Jane

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Photograph by Matthew Wiebe via Unsplash CC0 

26. Windows

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Photograph by cocoparisienne via Pixabay CC0 

27. Hallway

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Photograph via Pixabay CC0

28. Tower

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Photograph by Petreartene via Pixabay CC0 

29. Bend

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Photograph by MichaelGaida via Pixabay CC0 

30. Urban Orange

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Photograph via Pixabay CC0

That's All Folks!

Hope you've enjoyed looking at these wonderful architecture pictures and that they've given you some inspiration for your own photographs. We'd love to see any you've taken in the comments below.

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