August 22

A visit to Alnmouth

I’m intrigued by multiple exposure and ICM (intentional camera movement) photography and enjoy the opportunity to practise when the mood takes me.

However I do find it quite hard to really understand, or get under the skin of these kinds of images which is a bit of a drawback for me. So, when I read of an exhibition of work by celebrated multiple exposure ICM photographer Andy Gray I decided to pay a visit.

His work was on show in The Old School Gallery in Alnmouth, Northumberland and I found the experience quite educational. I still have a way to go before I can really give myself permission to explore this discipline more fully however seeing his Turneresque pieces was useful.

I know I need to let go. I want my shots to have a message, to be about something and I go out with the intention of telling a story. Gray on the other hand goes out to merely capture ‘data’ and then simply sees what reveals itself as he mixes and merges these separate images in Photoshop. That is where, for him, the story is born.

My journey is to allow myself the same freedom.

After leaving the show I found a small local beach devoid of people and decided to see what I could do, however the session became a more traditional shoot with a few experimental sequences thrown in.

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