Looking for a more abstract way to capture your surroundings? Check out this post by ePhotozine! Basically the idea is to set up a shot with a long-ish shutter exposure and then move the camera while the shutter is open. This usually results in a dragged-out-streaky image, which can be really cool and evocative (like the one above). I used a variation on this technique in this picture, with very controlled continuous lights being shutter dragged to create all of her “necklace-sparkles”:
It would be more of a challenge to create something in a broader landscape with a portrait worked in there. So the background is abstract, but the figure is (mostly) sharp. That could be quite a challenge, for sure. It’s something to think about.