Cre­ate your own new wave of art

Practical Photography (UK) - - Fine Arts At Home -

MOD­ERN ART IS prop­erly as­cribed to any move­ment from the end of the 19th cen­tury to the cur­rent day, but if you took a quick vox pop from the pub­lic, chances are they’d point to the work of artists like Jack­son Pol­lock, Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol and Wass­ily Kandin­sky. Mod­ern art most com­monly elic­its vi­sions of huge can­vasses full of blocks of colour, hung in ware­house-like white gallery spa­ces. There’s also a chance that some ob­servers might opine that ‘I could do that my­self’. And while we would never en­cour­age such views of the art es­tab­lish­ment, with a lit­tle bit of in-cam­era trick­ery, you re­ally can pro­duce some­thing quite con­tem­po­rary.

All about the move­ment

In­ten­tional cam­era move­ment, known as ICM, has be­come a pop­u­lar tech­nique among land­scape pho­tog­ra­phers. With a slow shut­ter speed and some cre­ative shak­ing and mov­ing of the cam­era, sim­ple scenes can be trans­formed into ab­stract, painterly com­po­si­tions.

The tech­nique can be likened to the way an artist might spread paint around a can­vas, which means that the method can eas­ily be adapted to a still life sit­u­a­tion, where the blur­ring of the el­e­ments be­comes art­fully ab­stract.

Above Red and white bowls on coloured card make a strik­ing mod­ern still life with added move­ment.

Above Try out a range of ob­jects and vary the cam­era move­ment for dif­fer­ent ef­fects.

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