Exercise 3.2 – A durational space

Start by doing your own research into some of the artists discussed above. Then, using slow shutter speeds, the multiple exposure function, or another technique inspired by the examples above, try to record the trace of movement within the frame. You can be as experimental as you like. Add a selection of shots together with relevant shooting data and a description of your process (how you captured the shots) to your learning log.

Using slow shutter speeds to create the concept of movement in a photograph is something I’d not considered before. If I were to take a photograph at a slow shutter speed I would consider it blurred and the incorrect setting – I’m much more used to seeing a still photograph as a capturing a moment in time. The use of slow shutter speed 1/8 second in cinematography such as the opening scene in Wong Kar-Wai’s Chungking Express (1994) gives an unusual blur which adds to the confusion and intensity of a chase scene where the viewer already has no idea what’s going on. Later in the film, the virtually non-moving coffee sipping scene (as analysed by Mike D’Angelo) which lasts 22 seconds has an intensity which seems to last forever.

Francesca Woodman’s work was mainly self-portraits in empty rooms which are thought to have demonstrated her despair and melancholia.Her use of slow shutter speeds gives blur to her slight movement adding a sense of drama to her shots.

Bibliography

https://thedissolve.com/features/movie-of-the-week/221-how-wong-kar-wai-turned-22-seconds-into-an-eternit/

http://www.gerrybadger.com/francesca-woodman/

For my shots, I chose to stand close to a road junction at dusk. I used by Canon 5D mkIII and my Tamron 28-75mm lens. The lens has image stabilisation, so for the purposes of this exercise I chose to not use a tripod and to try and hold the camera steady.

All shots were taken at 1/5s, f/8.0 and ISO 400 and are un-edited and not straightened. The results show the moving cars and their lights blurred, thereby accentuating the cars’ movement.

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