Project: “Move Me”

HOW IT STARTED
One of my projects in 2012 was called “Move Me”. Most of the time with a new project all sorts of ideas and images flash through my brain. I write them all down. Next it is a trip to the library and pick up whatever books or magazines attract. I look at a lot of images as they give me ideas. One of the books I picked up in the library inspired me enormously. It is called “Expressive Photography – The Shutter Sisters’ Guide to Shooting from the Heart”. Published by The Ilex Press in Lewes, United Kingdom and edited by one of the Shutter Sisters, Tracey Clark.

The Shutter Sisters' Guide to Shooting from the Heart

Chapter 6 is called “Stillness” and is written by Irene Nam. She talks about stillness in photography and the sense of peace that is to be found in moments in our daily lives, that often goes unnoticed. “It is about finding tranquility in the way we perceive the world around us and capturing it, no matter how chaotic and unpredictable the circumstances are.” This speaks to me because I am very much interested in capturing moments, people, and objects in our ordinary, everyday lives that we take for granted and do not notice, and make them visible.

For more information about The Shutter Sisters go to: http://shuttersisters.com/.

PROGRESS AND CHANGE

Looking at the images I have posted so far, there are recurring themes: the colour blue, trees, and abstraction. These elements feature in most of the images. I find creating art an amazing process, as I did not deliberately set out to photograph these elements, I was going for stillness in my everyday life, and this is what attracted me. The interesting thing is that the colour blue, trees and also abstraction are elements associated with calmness and stillness. However, most images do not Move Me enough, so I had a look through older posts in my blog and was inspired by this image in 2010.


Funnily enough I wrote about stillness in this image: “The fact that you only see part of these women plus that they are in the foreground, adds a certain stillness to this photo even though it is a busy environment. The shiny asphalt, caused by the rain helps to enhance this effect.”

I enjoy street photography, and the unexpected opportunities, and chance encounters it brings. It is challenging and fun, so I will move away from photographing objects and will focus on photographing legs of people. They can be waiting to cross the road or at a bus stop, sitting on benches in town, or anywhere else. I like how legs communicate something about a person. You can tell a lot about a person by looking at the way they stand, how they position their feet, and the clothes and shoes they wear. The images will document the fashion of the time, and this ties in with my interest in documentary photography. When there are two or more people involved, I want to show the interaction of the legs, and the relationship between the people, as can be seen in Louis Stettner’s image taken in Central Park, New York in 1997.

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4 Responses to “Project: “Move Me””

  1. gallivance.net Says:

    Bertie, your approach to your art fascinates me. It’s beautiful! Your attraction to the colour blue, trees, and abstraction is appealing because I, too, find ample evidence of the same in my photographs. But it’s your focus on stillness that really resonates with me. It’s simply elegant. All the best, Terri

    • crea2010 Says:

      Ooh Terri, thank you so much for your visit and your comment. It is a big compliment and I am so glad that you find stillness in my work that resonates with you. I enjoy reading your blog and looking at the photos of your travel adventures. It’s an inspiring journey you’re on with the downsizing and simplifying your life. Your feedback makes my day, thank you!

      • gallivance.net Says:

        Aww Bertie, You’re too sweet! The day I read about your focus on legs, I looked down at mine and chuckled because I just got home from a month of camping and my legs are totally covered in chigger bites! Not a pretty sight. 🙂 ~Terri

      • crea2010 Says:

        Oh no! And itchy too! Funny my post made you look at your own legs 🙂

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