Wild Grasses

WildGrasses1 A photograph made by blending three different ‘drive-by’ images (and a smattering of selective erasing on 2 of the layers). It seems I am obsessively endlessly fascinated by the exploration of ‘movement’ when making photographs.  : )

From the photographic series ‘Colour Field’
© Karen McRae, 2014

67 thoughts on “Wild Grasses

  1. Wonderful! Portraying movement in still photographs is a fascinating pursuit…I love to see your interpretations, Karen.

    1. It is an absolutely fascinating pursuit. I love the unexpectedness of some of the images. Your moving bicycle photographs are just so wonderful, too, Mic.
      Thank you!

    1. Oh, I’m glad you think so, Elena, thank you. I just need a full time driver now!
      : ) Kidding, of course.
      This sort of work would translate beautifully to the richness of pastel.

    1. The images here were taken traveling while on a moving train. Perhaps that lovely lull of train travel is coming through. Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Marcelo.

  2. In the early years of photography, when exposure times were measured in minutes rather than seconds or fractions of a second, photographers often ended up with blurred and ghostly images, especially of people. In modern times, when we can stop motion with high shutter speeds and flash, some of us get fascinated by intentional motion in our images, as you have here. The atavistic bug bit me some years ago too, and I experimented with portraits of people made with exposures of a few seconds, during which time I rotated my camera or zoomed its lens. I couldn’t control the results, and most of the pictures were nothing special, but once in a while something really nice emerged. What fun to play!

    1. Your portrait play sounds wonderful, Steve. Do you have any posted somewhere? I have experimented with portrait using in-camera double & triple exposure and I find it fascinating too.
      The unexpectedness of what can happen is what intrigues me.

      1. I figured you might ask that, Karen, but unfortunately I don’t have any of those experiments posted. My current photography blog, as you know, is devoted to nature, so none of those experimental portraits of people would be appropriate there. However, last year I did post one picture of wildflowers in which I used a long exposure to bring out the effect of the wind:


  3. I had a rubbish day today and was so happy to see your post in my inbox – as always, beauty was inside! Keep obsessing Karen! x

  4. Not just a fascination……you’re obviously very good at it (creating abstract movement with your camera).

    Your art hints at the French Impressionist painter’s work. Very creative and skilled at composing a pleasing image – in colour & texture.

  5. I love this feeling of the tumultuous coexisting with the serene. your softly etched lines add a very delicate delineation. I find this very spiritual and visceral and beautiful.

  6. I love your style! Looks like painting and give me a change to see the pictures in many ways, feeling more. ( Sorry my norvegian-english..). It also give me a feeling of the very, short and specially moments in life.. Small moments – comming to you suddenly and then it’s gone, quick.. You want to freeze it..but can’t.. that moment do I feel in your last pictures. Well done, Karen!😊💖

  7. And I thought you were painting these…this is amazing. I have been playing with my photographs on photoshop for ages it seems. I think there is endless exploration when combining digital artistic uses. I love these and you do it so effortlessly.

  8. I tried to look for the right “-ism” to describe this piece, but realized just one or a few of those would have put it in a box, when your work comes across as liberating and free. But just gonna say that this picture particularly caught my attention with its composition, colors and like you said… the study of movement under which a landscape emerges from is quite stunning, nicely done.

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