strangely enough, i think that most photographs are an abstraction of one
sort or another. black and white images convert whatever imagery into
something devoid of colors, like most people see -
( and i would guess that people's brain interpret colors differently as well )
dof, perspective, lens choice, film, paper, processing and printing techniques ( et C. )
distort reality ... few photographs are pure form and line and color, like
an abstract expressionist painting,
black and white, line and form (isolating something from the original context)
like a siskind photograph.
... but to me at least, rearranging reality, and putting it on a piece of paper
seems to me to be more abstract, than "realism" ...
but kind of like the "cut up poetry" tristan tzara was doing as a dadaist, or surrealist ...