Over the past year I have experimented and composed a body of work using intentional camera movement (ICM). Being particularly drawn to this style of photography, I find it exciting as it allows for free reign creatively. In freeing the mind and taking you away from the present, this method of photography, for me, is a very therapeutic process as it allows for the imagination to run wild.
Before I capture the image, in envisage a scene and the colours I want to emulate, almost like a virtual holiday. Almost all my images are created using props from around the home, fashioned together in terms of what colours and textures I want to capture, including paper, silk, water and even a steel whisk. Almost anything can be transformed and reimagined beyond its immediate purpose!
At the beginning of my journey, I would watch countless tutorials, but for me personally, I didn’t find this helpful. What worked for me in finding my style was continuous experimentation with different objects, camera movements and shutter speeds.
I would describe my style as abstract impressionism; the colours charmingly merge together, dancing around the image to create an abstract composition, reminiscent of brush strokes on a painting.
In my opinion, what makes intentional camera movement such a great technique to manipulate is that you can use any camera; all that is required is a slow shutter speed in order to create a sense of blur (I find what works best for me is 1/8 of a second).
This particular image was taken last summer and is inspired by a great love of mine, the ocean. I created a mini set composed of folded and rolled pages of a magazine, piled together to create layers of colour. I panned across this set along with a slight wiggle motion, defocusing the final image the soften the sharp edges.
Often, I have been asked to show my set up but I prefer not to for the reason that I want the viewer to make their own sense of the final creation rather than seeing the objects themselves.
What do you think are the TWO most impactful features that make your image a good photograph? Don’t be shy!
The colour palette and the dreamy blur.
If you would be able to make this photo once again, what would be the ONE thing you would like to do better or different?
This is a difficult one given the experimental nature of this style of photography possible a little less camera movement for more definition.
Julie Mciver shared her photograph in the FRAMES Facebook Group.
Julie Mciver, UK
Equipment and Settings
Nikon D3200, Tamron SP AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC
1/8 sec., ISO 100
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