A couple years ago I sat in a wheelchair in front of a painting, a piece from one of Canada’s Group of Seven, a landscape from the northern shore of Lake Superior. I could feel the temperature of the wind on my skin, I could recall the acidic smell of soil rich with pine needles, even feel the sun on my face. It was a turning point for me. I left wondering what I could do to create that kind of experience in my own photographs. That was the start of a journey I’m still enjoying, and a renewal of some of my passion for creative photographic expression that’s unbound by the need for perfection but driven by a desire to more deeply feel my work.
Our cameras do amazing things, but since the beginnings of this craft, we’ve leaned heavily towards illustrative and literal interpretations of the world around us. Our cameras are capable of so much more, and freed from the need to be so literal, they can create photographs that are beautifully expressive. The Visual Imagination, Ideas & Techniques for Creative Photographic Expression is about that expression, and we’re releasing it today.
Whether you want to make abstract or impressionist photographs or just need a bit of a break, I wrote this eBook to help you explore the possibilities of the camera when we allow ourselves to slip out from under the thumb of the rules and the constraining ideals of so-called technical perfection. It wasn’t that long ago that painters freed themselves from a similar constraint and gave us the gift of Impressionism and the subsequent movements.
If you’re not sure this kind of thing is for you, this short article about three ways abstract and impressionist photography can make you a better photographer might help.
A downloadable PDF, published by Craft & Vision, The Visual Imagination is 65 spreads of techniques and ideas that explore intentional camera movement, subject movement, and abstraction through various means. Accompanied by case studies of photographers like John Paul Caponigro and others, that’ll inspire you to move past the so-called rules, I’m hoping this book gives you new freedom to express yourself – even if that’s through work that’s usually more literal – by understanding the tools of your craft as tools of creative possibility, not just technical instruments.
Save 25% – Purchase The Visual Imagination before 11:59PM (PST) on April 21/2014, using the discount code EXPRESS25 and it’s yours for only $7.50