I have written before on this site that I have struggled with my photography in recent times. I have lacked a true sense of direction and the creative juices haven’t really been flowing. I haven’t been able to settle on one approach. Frustating yes, but at times like these I believe it’s important to consider all options, to be patient and not to restrict your choice of subject or technique. To experiment and just see what happens in the hope that given time a new creative voice will evolve.
A few months ago I thought I would try some long exposure photography – here are a couple of links which I posted on this topic – ‘Revealing light, style and creativity’ and ‘Two minutes at Langstone harbour’
Earlier this week I tried another approach which I have never attempted before. Intentional Camera Movement or ICM for short. I visited Idsworth church with some ideas in mind. In rapid succession I took several hundred images, changing exposure times and playing with different movements of the camera. I did not know whether or not I would blend several images in Photoshop or simply process a single frame. I even thought I might experiment with colour, although my wife said this might be taking things a step too far!
As things turned out the above image is a single exposure shot at f16, 0.8sec, ISO 100, using a 6 stop ND filter to slow down the shutter speed and a 2 stop ND grad to balance the level of light in the sky with the darker foreground. The end result has echoes of a charcoal drawing. In fact subconciously whilst processing the image I think I was inspired by a workshop on charcoal drawing I attended last year at West Dean College by Kate Boucher. I wrote about this experience here – An alternative to monochrome photography – drawing in charcoal.
I shall contine to be a creative butterfly for the time being. Retaining an open mind but most importantly allowing some of these new found techniques to develop naturally in the future.
As an afterthought perhaps I should change the title of this post to – An alternative to charcoal drawing – monochrome photography!!