In the series Motion Studies, I make abstract street photos using a slow shutter speed while moving the camera. Sometimes there are other kinds of motion – I am on a train or the subject itself is moving. Usually exposed at night, these are all found lighting situations printed with minimal digital manipulations. I take many exposures, experimenting with subtleties and dramas, hunting for how a certain flick of the wrist divulges new information or lengthening an exposure step by step for more visual drama.
Motion and time are rendered visible, graphically revealing the latent rhythms and patterns of the material world while tracing the camera’s navigation through it. My interest also lies in process: how to balance the chaos of a moving camera with the control gained over patient experimentation.
I am concerned with what motion reveals about the quality of a light source: does it flicker or vibrate, does it intersect with other lights, does it reveal an architectural shape or obscure it? This exploration of motion also comments on the nature of human perception by making visible the details that our eyes see but our brains filter out.
Motion Studies Dissected
In this evolution of the series, I am “Dissecting” the images into smaller pieces to explore how they interact with themselves and bring to life a new kind of motion.