Pedal To Metal, Object Essence

Pedal To Metal, Object Essence

Pedal To Metal, Object Essence is an abstract photograph by using motion blur.   Abstract photography is called non-objective, experimental, conceptual photography. It is a means of depicting a visual image that does not have an immediate association with the objective world. Abstract photography is created through the use of photographic equipment, processes or materials. This photograph isolates a fragment of a natural scene in order to remove its inherent context from the viewer. It is purposely staged to create a seemingly unreal appearance from real objects.  Motion blur was used to capture the process of impressionistic images using intentional camera motion to create swipes and blurs. To create this motion blur, I panned horizontally in line with the moving bicycle. For landscapes with horizons such as a beach or desert scene, I’ll move the camera horizontally. I play with many variations, both shutter speed and speed of my panning.”  This photograph uses color, light, shadow, texture, shape and/or form to convey a feeling, sensation or impression. Abstract photography may be produced using traditional photographic equipment like a camera, darkroom or computer. Or it may be created without using a camera by directly manipulating film, paper or other photographic media.  In this case, the photograph was achieved by using a slow shutter speed and panning.

In abstract photography there are dimensions rarely seen in other media. Focus can add to the conceptual feel of abstracts by isolating parts of the subject through the use of blur. Good quality blur, bokeh, is the frosted-focus effect created by control of the Depth of field.

The other dimension is movement blur. It is not unique to photography. It is a however, an important factor for composition in photos. Blur tends not to be used to the same extent in other visual arts except maybe video.

‘Abstract photography’ introduces the viewer to the essence of an object. The aim is to help the viewer gain an emotional, almost primeval link to the image. The viewer is supposed to enjoy the ‘feel’ of how it looks.  Abstract photography is not about knowing and recognizing the subject. It is more about emotionally connecting with it. For more information about abstract photography go to William Neall’s ebook

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