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.
Category Archives: Art Photography
In the meantime I enjoy a fascination with pointing my camera towards the sky. Here is a shot I captured last week whilst out shooting. Oh, just for the record the other thing I wanted to be as I grew up was a photographer, I found magic in the process, it grabbed my attention and has never let go. Landscape photography has taken me to so many amazing destinations, it’s given me the chance to spend time seeing and feeling, and I’m so thankful for that!
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.
So I walk over to a bunch of friends and one casually asks if she can have my autograph… Now, in my mind I clearly said “sure babe” whipped out a permanent marker, signed my autograph on her thigh and proceeded to do tequila shots from her belly button… those who were present surely have a different tale to tell.
Met with confusion as to what she was talking about a shiny new copy of Capture magazines 2010 photo annual was whisped from behind her bag and presented to me… “have a look inside” I was told.
Yes Ma’am! (This boy knows whats good for him and wasn’t about to argue )
39 pages in and something catches my attention…. Hang on… thats my photo… The Blood is on Your Hands I (one)… featured as one of the five top art photographs of 2010.
I then proceeded to whip out a permanent marker, sign my autograph on my friends thigh and do tequila shots from her belly button.