3072 pixels x 2048 pixels, digital photograph.
Date produced: 16th April 2006, at 17:26., while living at North Adelaide (2005-2006).
This is a form of photography that developed for me during this project. These 'long exposure photographs' basically result from using long exposure times, that let in a stream of sharply focused light -resulting in at least partly blurred images.
These often dynamic images result from the impact of the camera movement through 3-dimensional light and space. They have been 'painted' with light and movement through space (certainly more than conventional photography from a static viewpoint). Many shapes and details are simplified. I have found that major three dimensional structures can still somehow be recorded by the way they interact with the movement.
One is presented with an 'impression', formed from the recording of relationships of shapes, tones and colours from a real experience.
I used a digital camera for taking these photographs - A Canon EOS 300D SLR. Being able to check results instantly was crucial for this type of photography. I could try a particular 'shot' many times, learn from the results I was getting, and discard the photographs that clearly didn't work.
I found that taking long exposure photographs at around sunset to be quite useful, because of the dimmer light, and stronger colours.
Using this form of photography came about as a result of wanting to use a freer approach to taking photographs at the tree. Under the tree's canopy, the light is quite dark. To get a reasonable depth of field in a 'normal' photograph, the exposure times required a tripod for getting a still image. This need to use a tripod meant that lengthy setting up over uneven surfaces was required, when I found a view I wanted to capture. Because the exposure times were lengthy, any breeze would make the foliage blurry. After waiting for still conditions over quite a long time during one session to get just a few photographs, I felt like just shooting off a whole lot of really quick and silly photos. From a first 'burst of silly photos', I realised that there were exciting possibilities in this type of photography.