Beyond the Object
One of the many choices a photographer has is whether to make the identity of the subject obvious.
It is easy to slip into the mindset that the making the identity of an object clear is the the priority. It takes a bit of time and practice to get beyond that, to see the patterns and possibilities within the object.
I suspect that we fall into the trap of wanting to make an illustration as opposed to a photograph because it is that type of photograph that often gets the most positive response. I am under no illusions that the vast majority of people would get more pleasure from an image of a nice sunset or some beautifully lit rolling hills than they would from the image above.
I believe that if you are serious about making pictures though, you have to push past the easy acceptance stage and accept that many won’t get your work – at least in the short term.
Seeing past the object is extremely liberating though and it is at that point that the photographic possibilities become endless.
And you will find your audience.