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MOTION
A recent exhibition at the Tate Modern Gallery in London, showed work by artists from the Futurism movement. These artists, such as Sonia Delaunay, Carlo Carrą, Umberto Boccoini or Luigi Russolo painted pictures that were alive with the energy of motion and movement. I was inspired to see if I could capture that effect of movement with my camera. I started by taking pictures while travelling by train, trying to capture the colours that flashed by the window. But the modern camera with high-speed shutter action and anti-shake technology takes pictures that the eye cannot see! By producing clear sharp pictures of the passing scenery, the camera produces images that while real, are images that the eye has not, could not, register. In order to capture what the eye could see, I had to manually set the camera, to record the motion, to reproduce the blurs of colour that the viewer sees from the fast moving train window.

Here are some of the pictures from that experiment. I hope that you enjoy them.

WHAT COLOUR IS THE SEA?

Over the years while out sailing I have taken photographs, and inevitably, finished up with pictures that are mainly water rather than boats, shorelines, etc. Looking at them more closely, I realised that the sea is not the traditional blue that we painted when we were at school, in fact it is red, green, brown, black, yellow, etc, all in many different shades – and sometimes blue. Since then I have take a series of photographs just of water, in the sea, or in lakes and fjords, either from a boat or from a high vantage point, concentrating on the colours of the water.
The pictures exhibited are all “natural”, that is I have not adjusted the colours in any way. The colours are as I saw them. There are various degrees of enlargement, and some of the photos are collages, combining more than one photo.

HORIZONS

You can see them but never reach them.

"lines where earth and sky seem to meet; boundary of mental outlook"
(Collins English Dictionary
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The pictures exhibited are all “natural”, that is I have not adjusted the colours in any way. The colours are as I saw them. There are various degrees of enlargement, and some of the photos are collages, combining more than one photo.

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