ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONIST LIGHT-PAINTINGS
created with a digital camera
Experimental Digital Photography by Rick Doble -- online exhibit
My latest experiments with camera painting and light painting techniques at slow shutter speeds
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ABOUT THESE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY LIGHT-PAINTINGS CREATED WITH CAMERA MOVEMENT:
When I was editing my digital photos for my new 2010 online exhibit, I found that a number had characteristics of the Abstract Expressionist painters of the 1940s and 1950s in New York such as the work of Jackson Pollock, Hans Hofmann, Mark Rothko, Helen Frankenthaler, Ad Reinhardt and Mark Tobey. I have studied these artists for over forty years so it was not surprising that their influence would show up in my work. Experimental digital photography has the potential to create abstract expressionist pictures with the depth and quality of traditional painters but with light as the medium -- light which has characteristics all its own. This is my digital photographic homage to their imagery and their quest for personal expression.
"Light used in its own right, gives to photography the wonderful plasticity that paint gives to painting without loss of the unmatched reality of straight photography," Wynn Bullock, photographer, c. 1960
In 1999 I wrote an essay entitled Is Digital Photography The New Expressive Visual Art? in which I talked about the new personal expressive power of digital photography, power that was impractical with film photography due to the time lag in seeing the results of a photographer's experiments and also due to the cost. At that time I suggested that a new kind of photography could be created with a digital camera, a kind of photography I called photo-expressionism.
TECHNICAL INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ONLINE EXHIBIT:
These photographs were made with 'camera painting' combined with 'light painting' techniques (digital photos where I handheld and moved the camera at very slow shutter speeds across the available light to paint light onto the image). They were made with photographic techniques and *NOT* made with computer graphics or computer software. Typical exposures were from 5 to 30 seconds and the ISO varied a lot depending on the available light.
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Abstract Expressionist Light-Paintings
created with digital camera painting techniques