"Personally I think all truly abstract photographers are really secretly painters, LOL. "
I move freely between abstract and representational photography, but I often look at the latter in terms of form, line and color as an abstract artist does. That tendency often surprises viewers and I think it opens up creative possibilities.
I agree. Some of my work is very accurate, crisp, following all of the rules. And some of it is more non-representational, whether from movement, focus or post-processing. I try not to follow one style but go with what the scene and the image present.