M4 - Explorations during the break

The various methods and techniques of image-making presented in the Surfaces & Strategies module totally change my approach to photography. I was aware of some of those methods before and of course knew about all the possibilities the postproduction techniques offer as I used them in my works before, but I somehow wasn't able to accept the fact that all of those possibilities are an integral part of the photographic medium. For a long time, I was a victim of very common belief that the image deserves to be named 'a photograph' only if untouched, with minimal or none postproduction work. It took time but I finally feel free. 

Due to very intense schedule and time-consuming activities during the module weeks, there was no time really to put the theory into practice so the plan for the break was to explore the new formal options which I could adapt to my project. 

I started with the visual interface indicators of the Photoshop and Lightroom tools like Marquee, Magic Wand or Wrap which I began to use as part of the composition in my last works. I found them interesting visually and I liked the fact that the their presence reduce the meaning of the image to recorded, photographic 'tissue'. 

The animated version of the selection turned out to be really interesting. Initially it supposed to be a selection of the sea waves, which imitated the flickering light but the effect on the large area of the foggy/rainy capture was quite beautiful so I ended up with this:

The other interesting technique I experimented with was my camera HDR mode used in incorrect way. I noticed a very intriguing effect totally by accident when trying to use the HDR mode for photographing the see. I spotted the interesting glitch just before removing the photo which definitely is a result of the new attitude towards photography. A couple of months ago I would remove that photo without hesitation and tried to take the correct one. The glitch was interesting but it turned to be just a tiny fracture of the potential of the camera HDR algorithm. 



The following images were just incredible and I am still exploring the options which that unexpected discovery offers. It is absolutely fascinating to see the surreal compositions which I would never created intentionally. I want to see more, I want to see how different scenes/object will be recorded and processed by the camera. It reminds me of the famous words of Gary Winograd:

I photograph to find out what something will look like photographed. 

I am totally okay with the fact that the images are generated by camera with very limited control on my side. It is my intention to take this photographs and that's enough. I accepted the fact that the photographic images are the combination of the apparatus processing, it's specific parameters and abilities and my intention/idea/desire to record some particular moments in space and time.  

I am slowly learning though about the way the camera process the image with different settings to be able to achieve some particular effects with less trials. But sometimes I want to see that really unpredictable compositions as they expand the visual library of forms and stimulate my imagination the way dreams do that.