I do not often include images in the Photo Diary that are make on the
various photographic workshops I teach, often viewing them more as
side-effects of the teaching process. Over this summer, however, more
and more I find myself making images that resonate during the workshops.
These images are very different from my work with the Nude, but still
rooted in my love for visual exploration and revelation.
This particular workshop was about photographic perception - being open
to visual possibilities at any time, as opposed to setting out to
photograph preconceived notions. Of all the classes I teach, this is the
one most rooted in the idea of actually making images, so it also tends
to be the one that I make the most images in.
We spent most of the morning photographing along the Halifax waterfront but, rather than making images of the space as a whole, I was drawn to the little details, the rope lines against boats, the weather marks on the wharves and concrete. What really caught my eye though, was the rise and fall of the waves; when I have extensive experience photographing moving water in lakes and rivers, I haven't done much photography of the ocean, so I pulled out my ten stop neutral density filter (which makes the exposure 1024 times longer then it would be without it) and made a thirty second exposure of the water moving between the wooden beams of an old pier. The result was extremely pleasing, and was a peak to the day.
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