Seriously, dunnoe how to comment on anstract... I feel it really depends on what the photographer is trying to tell... the mood and the story... I think a good abstract is one that can get the message across....
I think this way, one shouldn't put too much meaning into an image for the image itself already has a meaning. no point putting extra meaning into it. I believe in an aesthetic approach to doing work like those I posted above.
Composition is important in the initial production stage, and it is further improved by cropping while making the enlargement. try making an enlargement over a contact print at the same time, the effect you get is like the first image. No large sheets of film? improvise. My contact sheet was blown up from a 4x5 transparency. It makes photography more fun to work with in an alternative way. A lot of guesswork is done for that first image.
The second image is much printing control done. the colours don't exist like this at 3 a.m. at the location.
The first image, is a cherubim with a tree stump that has got a few leaves on top of it. It's an alternative print, of a transparency image with a negative image. it's making a contact print with an enlargement.
step by step.
1. i have a positive 4 x 5 inch transparency of the stump. i enlarged it onto an 8 x 10 inch film and processed it as a negative.
2. In the enlarger i have a negative of a cherubim on 6 x 7 cm b&W film. exposed it over the contact print. Since the contact film cannot be seen, a lot of guesswork is used here.