The third category of abstracts is Composite Abstracts. Composites are images made from putting two or more images together. Composites are not necessarily abstracts, but, of course, some are. Andre Gilliant, a Canadian photographer, often puts images together in such a way that they take on a dream-like fee.lHe calls them Dreamscapes.
This image, "Cactus Dream" doesn't have so much of a dream-like feel to me as a wind-blown feel or even one of sand swirling around the cactus. I had been playing with finger paints and created the background of "blurps". I liked it and wanted to try it as a background to a composite. When I put it with this close-up image of a cactus flower, I liked what I saw. I like the colors together, the combination of the cactus hooks and the "blurps", and the swirling feel of the image.
It's interesting to think about the various layers of our lives of which we are the composite. What do the various parts/layers of our lives contribute to who each of us is? Does the background come out stronger at time and change who we are? Perhaps there are even times when the background is very dim. And is the over-all look and feel the one you want? It's an interesting metaphor to play with.