I have not posted here in quite some time, and back when I did frequent these forums I didn't post much anyway. I used to be extremely into photography (although I would never rank myself to be above amateur), but a few things completely killed my interest (mostly the belief that anyone with a camera can take pictures and edit them to look cool, albeit maybe a tad unnatural). I completely stopped taking photos (with a couple of exceptions), even though I was quite proud of a few of mine (this one, especially). Well, about a a little over a year after completely losing interest in the hobby, I have decided to maybe start shooting again--with a twist. I feel no need to try to capture those "perfect moments" anymore (i.e., hoping to wander across an unusual subject), nor do I feel a need to take photos that can be objectively critiqued. Instead, I want to begin taking more abstract photos--even if of everyday subjects. I will go against my own philosophy by altering some elements in Photoshop & Aperture (mainly just adjusting the saturation and such, and sometimes adding grain. I've always used these programs to adjust features in my photos, but I've always felt extremely cheap by doing so and that also led to my disinterest in photography). Sorry for the pointless ramble, but here are a couple of photos I have taken with this new goal in mind. I name these photos because I want to take pictures that almost depend on the name as much as the content of the photo itself. Metamorphosis: In B/W: Lights Above Giant Koala Holding Dog (or stress --> head explosion): Plastic Shower: Cat in Dreamland: Plastic Moon(s): Shower Lights: Now I understand that these sorts of photos probably can't be accurately judged as their abstraction sort of makes them viewable on only a subjective level, but please let me know what you think. Should I continue to pursue this style? Obviously there is MUCH room for improvement, and I am hoping that by mastering this style I will be able to do some really neat things. I think that my main goal will eventually be to show that I DO know how to work a camera despite the technical "flaws," per se, of the photographs.