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Perhaps as an abstract it is still too easy to identify the physical subject and not the idea to the point that aesthetically it becomes a distraction. I suspect this might be a case of too identifiable. These types of photos are tough calls. In high art think abstract as a novel concept or viewpoint and different than "blur" or "obscuring".. Monet with his blur was "impressionist" - but not technically abstract. I have seen many crisp/clean abstract photos. How about a crisp photo of leaves in mid-air with all of the trees sliding away in the background as though the trees were falling from the leaves -not the other way around?
That is interesting - I had not thought of that. Perhaps you are correct. Thanks for the reply!
I looked at categories of a few of the photos from the link you included: Blur... Motion... Fall... Other... Graphic Resources.