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Expressing Ideas through Conceptual Art

by Yvette Depaepe
Published the 4th of September 2020


'global peace' by arezoo dadkhah


Good photography is more than just taking pictures. As with all forms of art, well-executed photography always strives to convey an idea or message. A good example of this is conceptual photography.

The term Conceptual Photography derives from conceptual Art, a movement of the late 1960s. Today the term is used to describe either a methodology or a genre.

Conceptual photography is basically the art of creating photographs that illustrate ideas. Be it an illustration of a story, a dramatic moment or even just some simple things in life that would bring a smile to your face.  A good conceptual image should never leave you indifferent.

It means the photographer is trying to write a story with a single image. Often the message is conveyed in a very abstract way using random objects and props. Although the image may be shot to tell one story, it can often be interpreted many different ways by each person looking at it.

With software such as Adobe Photoshop, publicly available all over the world, more and more photographers have been willing to give conceptual photography a go as photo manipulation software has advanced.

Conceptual photography is also known to be one of the most creative genres of photography. Partly because it is harder as compared to other genres, but mostly because it takes a lot of time and patience to get that perfect conceptual shot. 

1x has outstanding and talented conceptual photographers among it's members. 
Enjoy this compilation of outstanding conceptual work and get inspired. 
Who knows, you may want to give it a go too !!!


'The reincarnation of time' by XibiaoHuang



'Ignorance' by baharnoorinejad



'The Game is Over' by hardibudi



'Moon for Sale #2” by Miloš Nejezchleb



'Living in a bubble II' by Christine von Diepenbroek



'Miss You' by Aurélia Cheret



'Waiting' by Hans Pollner



'naked white' by hilde van hove



'This Loneliness Is Killing Me' by hardibudi



'Search' by Ivana Todorovic



'life' by Hari Sulistiawan



'Ping Pong Cyber' by hardibudi



'desert' by denarad



'Escape' by Fang Tong



'Tabac stop is not easy!!!' by Ben Goossens



'Alternative for stress ;-)' by Yvette Depaepe



'United' by Tommy Ingberg



'Drop' by DdiArte



'Conscience' by Christophe Kiciak



'The System' by Christophe Kiciak



'Crying prayers' by XibiaoHuang



'Discover' by Łukasz Pietrzak



'Let me see you stripped' by Victoria Ivanova



'Sky flower' by Sima Bivolarska



'Persephone' by Laura Benvenuti



'Hopelessness' by Mahyazadi



'Our New Normal Life' by hardibudi


thank you so much!
Thank you very much!! :)
Once again, fabulous images you selected for the theme Yvette!
Thank you very much
Thank you a lot Yvette ❤️
Fabulous!!! Thank you!
amazing work...congratulation
Thanks for your appreciation, my friend!
Wonderful article and a great illustration of conceptual photography ! Thank you Yvette
Thanks, dear Luc!
My pleasure, dear Fang Tong...
Excellent article and presentation with amazing selection of works!! Congratulations to all the authors, and of course to you, Yvette for your always admirable contributions!!
Thanks for your flattering compliment, dear Orkidea ... Keeping the magazine interesting is my highest priority ;-)
Thank you so much! It is a fantastic honor to see my pictures in this article, next to all these inspirational masters. Made my day!
Fine to hear this, Christophe !!! And so deserved to see your work selected!
"Good photography is more than just taking pictures. As with all forms of art, well-executed photography always strives to convey an idea or message." Really appreciate this deep understanding of photography statement, and all excellent examples of conceptual art photos! Thank you, Yvette!
Thank you for your high appreciation, Shenshen Dou! It was a pleasure to me to write about it and to compose this gallery of stunning images.
Thank you so much for all your the appreciation & support! I'm so delighted and honor 4 of my works are there! Congratulations to all my Creative friends! You all are Amazing!
Your work is sublime, hardibudi!!! None of your images leave the viewer indifferent for their content and for their striking beauty ;-)
A tribute to all the creative photographers... Congratulations with this nice article and great images... Thank you very much for this idea and sharing Yvette...
Thanks Gil ... Creative photographers deserve to be put in the spotlights, isn't it!
excellent selection as always Ivette - and I am feel honored of your decision!
No thanks, Christine! Your whole body of work is a conceptual treat ;-) Have a fine weekend ahead, dear friend!
It was great to write something about Conceptual Photography. Big congratulations to the selected authors and thanks for sharing your work on 1x. Cheers, Yvette
Excellent !!!
Thank you, dear Bogdan.