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Impressionism

Every once a while you just have to let go.  Break free of the constraints that bind the conventional vision of society to your creative outputs and explore the outer limits  of creativity and imagination.  The Impressionists were the pioneers on the movements revolting against the conformance of the Paris Salon and its established style, but even today these limits are still present as we a bombarded with photographic rules which are meant to obey and the technical perfection we are meant to achieve.  Rule of thirds, rule of odds, leading lines, tack sharp, low noise are but a few that are proclaimed across the photography world and we strive to perfect.  To follow the rules, we must understand the principles behind the rules, which in turn allow to understand when we must break the rule. At times this is a requirement of the individual photo and at other times this is merely for fun.

David duChemin is one the leading photographic Impressionists of the modern generation who teaches the importance of the visual imagination and creativity and which is no more evident than in his books 'The Visual Imagination' and 'A Beautiful Anarchy'. The photographs in this post can be directly attributed to 'The Visual Imagination'.  Faced with a picturesque scene of bluebells, I felt largely uninspired and was struggling to compose a photograph which could communicate the colours of the scene before me.  I had photographed the Killinthomas bluebells the previous year and it was likely that the scene though the viewfinder was too similar to last years photos in my own mind.  Instead of getting annoyed and frustrated I decided to go the other direction and decided to try something new and have some fun.  Playing with intentional camera movement, I moved the camera back and forth, up and down, side to side, playing with the patterns that the movement created in the exposure.  By removing the sharpness and shapes, I was left with colour which i felt better represented the scene in front of me.  The green of forest, the blue of the bluebells.

Shoot what you love. Be willing to play and see things anew" David duChemin