Create your own new wave of art
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.