Motion, and impulse

Much has been written about the fact that photography is a two dimensional representation of three dimensional scene, or at least if we walk among our “landscape” it’s not flat!

But everything in my perceived world is dynamic [and becoming more so], so I’ve been playing about with ways to capture how I see landscapes, objects, animals and people that are far from the usual common static representation in most photos. It’s all too easy to point and click and freeze the moment! I want us all to feel an emotion, or at least wonder “just what is this image about?”

Working with low light and a slow shutter speed…

Working with wind, low light and a slow shutter speed…

And to take the impulse of motion, the emotion of the dynamic to another level, I quite like this quote I found recently:

Redefining God

Using the word God is always tricky as it’s a very charged term that means different things to different people. I like to use that word to represent the idea of an absolute principle.

In an evolutionary context, we could choose to describe that absolute principle as “the energy and intelligence that initially created and is continuing to create the universe.” In the way that I understand it, that driving force is more an impulse than it is a divine being. In that impulse, there is no predetermined plan at work. It is a directionality, a momentum, a reaching towards. This definition of God does not depend on any kind of metaphysical belief or faith.

All we need to do is look into the truth of our own experience and what science has revealed to us. 13.7 billion years of cosmic evolution has given rise to 3.8 billion years of biological evolution, which has given rise to tens of thousands of years of cultural evolution. We’re on a moving train.

We’re all part of a process that’s going somewhere. We don’t have to believe in a metaphysical deity to feel the drive of an evolutionary impulse as a tangible energetic presence in our own experience at different levels.

At the lowest level, the sexual drive can be recognized as an evolutionary impulse. At a much higher level, the uniquely human compulsion towards innovation can be recognized as an evolutionary impulse. And finally, at the highest level, the spiritual impulse, which is a compulsion towards higher consciousness, can be recognized as an evolutionary impulse.

Something miraculous is going on here and it’s trying to happen in and through all of us in every moment.

—Andrew Cohen

Working with a waterfall inclined grassy bluff, low light, deliberately induced camera movement, and a slow shutter speed…

Working with a slow shutter speed only. Trying hard to judge it so the water does not appear to be like chewing gum [which seems fashionable of late]..

Working with a slow shutter speed, sharpness [or not] and water…#alttext#

To me I find horses to be very spiritual beings, and indeed we’ve used them as symbols of power in countless cultures, so here I’ve introduced some deliberate blurring by using a slow shutter speed in low light…

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  2 comments for “Motion, and impulse

  1. December 7, 2011 at 2:35 am

    There has been a lot of it about in recent times. Google “minimalist” or “impressionist” along with “photo” to see what I mean. There are some interesting techniques and possibilities in doing this kind of image so don’t let me deter you – go for it!

    BTW you don’t need low light necessarily. Get two polarisers and play with them… You can get (by my trials) up to 3 minutes in broad daylight. Doesn’t necessarily improve the image… but that is usually the fool behind the camera.

    BTW go to for a look at what I am playing at.

    • Donald Lousley
      December 18, 2011 at 7:53 am

      Thanks for the tips, I’ll do some searching. I’d thought of a polariser, so thanks for confirming same as an possible tool.



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