The Visual Imagination

In Books, Craft & Vision, e-books, The Craft, The Life Creative by David11 Comments



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

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      Justin – Some people give up just a step or two too soon in the check out process. Go to the end, you’ll get a chance to enter the code. Clearly we need to find a better way to do this but we’re a bit hamstrung by Shopify’s system. Sorry for the confusion.

  1. As in Justin’s case David, I tried unsuccessfully to enter the discount code, so contacted C&V about this. I got a fairly prompt response but it still didn’t resolve the issue. In the past I’ve had no problem with the system so obviously there was an issue now. But I kept trying over the days and finally this morning was able to complete my purchase and am about the download the book.
    Thank you – I am excitedly looking forward to reading it!
    Do hope your healing is continuing well.

    1. Thanks for persevering; I’m so sorry it took such effort. I hope the effort was worth it for you, Enivea.

  2. Hi,
    As a hobbyist it is kind of funny to find part of my photographic intentions of the last years in here … but nevertheless it is the proof, that I’m not alone with my interpretation of what photography may be.
    Thanks for this interesting summary and new points of view!

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  4. David, the book is just what I was looking for. Thank you for sharing – I purchased the publication via the link on the blog. The discount code did not work, but I decided I could not wait. $ 10 is a bargain in this time and age and as artists we are often under valued. Your work and your writing is an inspiration to me. Keep up this great work. I look forward to the day I can attend one of your workshops or hear you speak in person.

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