For quite a while now I wanted to experiment with new digital ways of finding, seeing and capturing impressionistic photographic images. I did, like every other curious photographer work with multiple exposures on films, I played with long exposures, mastered panning techniques and many more. Now it is time to use my digital skills and to see if I can surprise myself. I have enjoyed unpredictability when working on film; with digital methods, there is this certainty that you can do no harm, no matter what you do, you can redo or undo it. Photo impressionistic technique defies in a way the definition of photography. It is experimental in nature and it shows not what exists in real life but rather general impression of the subject. It focuses on colour, form and perspective. This week I have been experimenting with layers and blur of the lately photographed woods. When working I have thought about my favourite impressionists painters, especially Delacroix, Pissarro, Monet, Renoir, Degas. They always attempted to capture the spirit of the place. I tried to replicate their deliberate lack of details and realism. Did I manage to achieve the same? Some of the pictures are pleasing to my eye but I am sure some will hate them! Impressionistic photography is like marmite, either you love it or you hate it. It was like that for over a hundred years, yes, that long! It is not anything new, already in 1890, George Davison gave a paper at the Royal Society of Arts called “Impressionism in Photography.” He aimed to connect modern photography with modern art advocating that photographers should embrace the same principles as modern impressionist painters. From the perspective of the century and a bit, impressionist painters are old school and very precious indeed, so perhaps in a hundred years or so, some of the current impressionistic photographs are going to be very valuable as well? Who knows…..