In the 18 or so months I’ve been experimenting with intentional camera movement (ICM) I’ve played with various styles within the medium and different processing techniques and tricks. In that time, while I have made some images I am extremely happy with and have no problem making that fact known they have generally been recognisable scenes or elements given the “ICM treatment” i.e. a distinctive landscape captured with the camera deliberately wobbled and then processed to give the painterly feel that dominates my ICM work.
However only twice over this time has an image come along that while the landscape infront of me supplied the shapes and light for me to use to wobble, afterwards in post processing they came together to create a very different scene – to my eyes and in my head anyway.
The first one that happened like this was my image “Faltering Under the Fury”.
Capturing the initial data during sunset from my backdoor, while it being a pretty silhouette of a tree, fence and field combining the cameras movement with some post processing including white balance adjustments, contrast work and some Lightroom radial filters made a very nautical vision to my minds eye. I’ve asked the question “What do you see in this image?” on social media before in regards to this image, to some varied answers! I loved this premise! When in photography do we get to interpret an image into a story in our own mind as you could an abstract painting? Due to photography being the act of using a camera to capture the subject before us, almost never.
So I was over the moon when last week, layering together some ICM captures in Photoshop a scene revealed itself to me. While the scene should be much more obvious than “Faltering…” above, I still aided my interpretation bu naming it “Crossing into the City, Under the Bridge”.
Let me now briefly explain the scene as I see it.
The scene that I see takes me back to damp, misty, murky medieval city. Seen from low down, ground level as you will, almost below a vast bridge – two people, almost surely very low in the class system of the 14th/15th century on a small boat of sorts crossing a quiet but vast river close to the base of the main bridge into the city. Rising in the distance beyond the opposite river bank heavily shrouded in fog is the hints of a vast and heaven reaching cathedral.
Did you see the same scene in it? Let me know your interpretations of either images in the comments below.
“Faltering…” will be on display as part of the #Connected2015 exhibition at the Patchings Art Centre, Nottingham 18th April – 17th May with the launch event being the 25th April. http://www.connected-exhibition.co.uk/ If you’re nearby, definitely worth a look!
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