This is a series in the making, I have been experimenting with various techniques to capture sun trails for years, a new series will be released around this technique soon, but for now, here is a sneak peek.
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There’s an old world romance with travel on the seas. It almost doesn’t belong to this modern, electronic era of instant gratification. Instead, there is a commitment to the journey and steady planning – there would surely need to be as it’s not an easy path. The process is so slow. It’s at the mercy of nature. It’s pensive and follows its own rhythm.
Each exposure in this series is named after the ship that it studied on its journey out to sea. Exposures of up to several hours capture the paths of the ship and/or it’s support vessels, it’s lights painting themselves onto film as it meanders in and then out of my life.
The long exposures of this series mirror this experience. The colours are whitewashed, much like their corresponding sounds. A visual silence is achieved. The dramatic tones of reality are muted and what is left are subtle variations, as if seeing life through tracing paper. The beach is vast and empty, yet so full of emotion.
By keeping the shutter open for up to three hours, a median between dramatic sunlight and cloudy periods is captured.
In these times I always remind myself to stay grounded. This series is a message to myself, don’t fall.
I translated this notion photographically by allowing the lens to physically fall over the period of a long exposure, as if out of control, yet at the same time guided by the constraints of the camera design.
I’ve found that the images in the Amnesia collection resonate with people and create quite polarising reactions. Some revel in the whimsy of a toy abandoned in such a beautiful environment and others are reminded of an innocence lost or a forgotten childhood. Some see darker undertones and others are simply reminded of a cherished toy they once forgot.