Expressing energy…

can be as simple as losing focus.

dsc_9903-2The modern artist… is working and expressing an inner world – in other words – expressing the energy, the motion, and other inner forces.

Jackson Pollock

Much is made of “tack sharp” imagery in photography and how to achieve the sharpest of detail.

Yet, in the world of photoshop and beyond, there are a myriad of filters to plop over your image to change it into something else.

I’m still holding firm that the image should be created with intention in the camera itself. I think that it is the only way to truly develop a body of work that you are connected to.

I was recently asked to participate in an upcoming exhibit that will be showcasing photographers with distinctive styles. That to me was a huge compliment.

The image above is one that I painted with my camera. In other words, I used soft focus and the motion of the water to create an image that for me highlights the kokanee spawning.

It’s life and death drama with the males staking out the best “beds” for the females to lay their eggs. They defend these beds against other males and towards the end of the spawning it’s rather like two old boxers duking it out in the ring, clutching each other and too tired or injured to do more than go through the motions.

The next time you pick up your camera spend a little time thinking about what you want to say with your images. Play with your focus, your depth of field, change a lens!

I paint with my camera, what do you do?

5 thoughts on “Expressing energy…”

  1. Beautifully expressed image and words.
    I agree with the camera being a means of expression, in the sense of creative control of settings and exposure. Post-processing can continue this adventure; sometimes the reality of the scene is not perfectly in correspondence with one’s vision, and adding/subtracting/manipulating the raw material can express that vision, not so much in correcting an imperfect capture, but in the sense of turning a simple statement into an adjective and subordinate-rich phrase.

    1. Always look forward to your responses and agree. I shoot in raw format so the images do require editing. I see the care that you take with each image that you present and your words only add to it all!

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