Two people were arguing about a flag flapping in the wind. "It's the wind that’s moving," stated the first one. "No, it’s the flag that’s moving," contended the second. A Zen master, who happened to be walking by, overheard the debate and interrupted them. "Neither the flag nor the wind is moving. It is MIND that moves." [Source]
This week we will be stopping time, by capturing and sharing movement. With time flying and our lives passing by so quickly, photographs that reflect movement can make viewers pause, think and look back. A psychological ‘reset’, that we all need every now and then.
Everything around us moves, even though we may not think of it as ‘movement’ and photographs help us bear witness - whether it is the wind playing with the leaves, a car or star trails.
Movement can also be ‘photographed’ when there is no movement – in photography we sometimes refer to the rhythmic effect of a visual element that repeats itself – for example, people standing in a line. Our mind ‘foresees’ the movement which makes it easier for the viewer to put themselves into the scene.
Sometimes it’s the camera that’s moving rather than the subject – for example, when we shake it trying Intentional Camera Movement (‘ICM’) techniques or using low shutter speed. These kinds of camera blur present the viewer with some interesting perceptual options. The effect might be our mind trying to figure out what is causing the movement – the photographer, the subject or scene. With slower shutter speeds, a moving subject appears blurry - the more blur, the greater the perceived movement (think about a train approaching the station) until it reaches a point of complete stillness instead. For example, long exposure landscapes can stop moving waves or high shutter speed can 'freeze' movement so we think there was no movement at all.
Share your photographs with captured movement, whether you take one this week or find something you already had. Submit your photos via Community Chat on Exciohub and check the app next week to see them featured for our Excio audience.
By Connull Lang