Images from my Wolf River Project are featured in a British digital publication – LE MAG.
Diaphanous, mysterious, energetic, impressionistic, wispy. These are just some of the qualities of imagery that long exposure photography reveals. When I set about to produce a body of work about Wisconsin’s Wolf River, I knew long exposures would be key to expressing my feelings about that special place.
What I didn’t know when I started this project was that long exposure photography had become so popular that it had become a genre. LE MAG – Long Exposure Magazine is the fine art publication that features work by photographers from around the world who are captivated by the irony of rendering motion to a “still” image.
Most of the images we consume every day are fragments of life frozen in time. If the shutter of your smart phone or “point and shoot” camera stayed open for more than about 1/15th of a second you’d see a blurry picture. Fast moving subjects like kids, pets and sports need a fast shutter speed to stop the action. Since, in general, we don’t want to see fuzzy pics of the family, most shutter speeds are set high to ensure crisp images. Folks who do long exposures love the blur, the randomness and the feeling that results from “dragging the shutter.” They tend to attach their cameras to tripods and set them to “manual.” The rigid platform of the tripod insures some of the image will be kept sharp. Clouds, waves, wind-swept botanicals and anything else that moves produce the blurry bits. Most of the images for the Wolf River Project were made with 30 second to two minute exposures.
I’m incredibly grateful to LEMAG for the opportunity to share my work with their audience. It’s nice to see images from Central Wisconsin and the “Wild Wolf” share pages with images made from all around the world. I hope you get a chance to take a look. LEMAG, click here.
The Wolf River runs through Central Wisconsin, USA. It is over 200 miles long with a 20 mile stretch of wild and scenic water in Langlade and Menomonee Counties. The Wolf is great for kayaking and fly fishing. It is also just plain beautiful.