To impress or not to impress

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…..




  1. JoannaJoanna12-08-2012

    I know I am a little bit late, but I have had dozens of mock final exam papers to check over recently. Your blog helped me a lot! Every time I felt exhausted, I looked at your impressionistic photographs just to unwind, and after a few minutes, I was able to get down to work again. Thank you for the ‘artistic therapy’.
    Of course, you managed to achieve what the impressionist painters did. I had no idea such things were possible in photography. Apparently, nothing is impossible for an artist. Last time your pictures presented things that were hidden, and this time they hide things that are there. Unbelievable! Sometimes we do not need details, but just the spirit of the place, the impression.
    I wonder what else, apart from woods, could be a suitable background for the impressionistic technique. A sunny meadow full of flowers perhaps?

  2. adminadmin12-09-2012

    Wow, that is really a great compliment what you said! Thank you, Joanna! I am so happy you feel that my photography relaxes you! I am sorry to hear that you are busy, but Christmas is almost here so joyful days are just round the corner (although busy as well but in other way). Actually you are spot on, meadows are great subjects for impressionistic photography, but also sea and animals and even people. In fact I have posted a day ago a picture of a swan in flight on my Beata Moore Photography Facebook. If you are on facebook, you can follow my little photographic adventures every day, not that I assume you have time for this! All the best and may I wish you a very Merry Christmas!

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