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What defines a photo as being 'conceptual'

by Yvette Depaepe
Published the 29th of January 2021


'This Loneliness Is Killing Me' by hardibudi


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 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.

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


'Balancism' by hasantorabi



'Ignorance' by baharnoorinejad



'Writer' by Matin hosseini



'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



'Escape for help' by Martin Marcisovski



'life' by Hari Sulistiawan



'Ping Pong Cyber' by hardibudi



'desert' by denarad



'Escape' by Fang Tong



'Tabac stop 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 Christoph Kiciak



'Discover' by Łukasz Pietrzak



'Let me see you stripped' by Victoria Ivanova



'Turn Back The Clock' by hardibudi



'The reincarnation of time' by XibiaoHuang



'Our New Normal Life' by hardibudi



'Persephone' by Laura Benvenuti


Very nice and creative photos :)
Thank you so much dear Yvette, its so honor
Thank you very much!!!!!!! A great honour! I'm so happy!
A well deserved selection, dear Victoria!
Très belle série. bravo pour ta sélection et ton article sur cette catégorie de photos Yvette ! Félicitations aux talentueux photographes, j'aime beaucoup .
Merci infiniment, Eric ;-)
Perfect idea to take some of the categories and elaborate on them. Great article. Some images are quite spectacular. Thank you
Thanks, Mariuca !!! Conceptual photography is one of my favourite categories. Thanks for your appreciation, my friend ...
Congrats for tha article!! thanks so much ro choos a photo from our portfolio!!! all the best
You too, my friends, are among the outstanding creative artists ... !!! Thanks for your appreciation !
thanks Yvette for being a part of this article!
You're welcome, dear Hilde !
Congratulations to all the artists behind these beautiful images. Thank you Yvette for this article!
Thanks dear Roxana! Writing an aricle on interesting topics is one thing I love to do, but the most triggering is to search for images for the gallery. The hardest thing is to make a choice. So many excellent artists on 1x.
All great ideas IMO... I like when photographers brings an idea !
You're a master in bringing great creative works, Ben ... Thanks for passing by and for your appreciation !
Congratulations to all the authors and thanks for uploading your wonderful conceptual art on 1x. It was a pleasure to me to compose this gallery to document my article. Best regards, Yvette