I’ve made it one of my goals in moving out to Eastern Ontario to try and explore as much of the landscape that surrounds me as possible. It’s something I never really did living back in the Greater Toronto Area and I feel like it was a lost opportunity. As a photographer, and a creative artist, it’s my job to show the world what I see (and feel) through my art.
Physically making time to get out and do this on a regular basis can be trying. Life just gets in the way. I get it. But if it’s important to you (and it is important to me), you must make time for it.
One of my favourite techniques for creating artistic photographs is called the “Intentional Camera Movement” or ICM for short. This technique allows me to produce abstract photographs of my subjects by utilizing a slow shutter speed and fluid camera movements. This blurs the subject (or captures their movement), creating images that can have loads of texture and can be quite painterly. Using this technique, along with making double exposures (which is where you layer two or more exposures onto a single negative) can have very unique results. It takes a lot of practice, and a bit of luck, but the payoff is well worth it when you get some photographs you like. I especially like seeing these images printed on a cotton rag or fibrous paper.
It’s probably the closest I’ll ever get to creating art that speaks to my soul. If you are interested in seeing some more of my ICM work, please visit my portfolio here.