“You might as well ask an artist to explain his art, or ask a poet to explain his poem. It defeats the purpose. The meaning is only clear thorough the search.”
― Rick Riordan
And this search goes on., as I embark on another series of photographic abstracts. Yet, despite the quote, I believe I am able to explain my art. I take great satisfaction in these ‘light paintings’.
I find that by adding the slight movement it disturbs the viewer just enough that they begin to pay attention to details that are often missed. As I study my own photos of the same scene, one, a still photo and the other, a slight pan, colours that are lost or subdued on the static photo seem more vibrant, more alive. I find the movement adds a dynamic that is not there in a still image.
Perhaps it’s just how I see things and this is a way for me to ‘realize’ them. It’s also a way for me to create art, using light and movement rather than a brush. It is very satisfying because I am creating something new, something that was not there before. It the creation that drives me, that combined with the fact that the images seem to resonate with the viewer.
It’s been interesting for me, since I started creating these images, that not once, has anybody said to me, “That’s just a blurry picture”. Most viewers are intrigued with the images, and I find them drawn deeper into the scene than with crisp, clean shots, which seem to briefly satisfy.
As yet, this new series remains unnamed, but that will come to me shortly. In the meantime, enjoy.
This particular image is named “Three?” because there are three dominant trees, but there is more to it, isn’t there? There are more than just the three trees, there are others in the periphery that count too, do they not?
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD@75mm
1/4 sec, f/10.0, ISO 400
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I agree. There are so many ultra sharp pictures with such a high dynamic range that you can see every little detail everywhere. But those shots are a dime a dozen, and don’t always inspire a viewer to look closer. A little blur, a little softness, a dark shadow- these things bring a bit of mystery to an image and can cause it to linger in the viewer’s mind the way that yet another tack sharp capture of a leaf could.
I agree Kim. It’s one of the reasons I prefer this style. It’s unique and makes you really look. Thanks for the comments. Always appreciated. Ed