Experiments in Long Exposure Photography
I started rock climbing at the age of 11. From around the same time, I have a vivid memory of studying these light colored stripes worn into the flagpole at my school. It took my 11-year-old brain a while to realize that what I was looking at was the motion of a metal clasp swinging at the end of the halyard. With every gust of wind, that clasp would rub against the flagpole, taking with it a microscopic layer of metal. What I was looking at was the passage of time, frozen in a single moment.
A few years later, I got my hands on my first camera with an adjustable shutter time. I certainly enjoyed taking photos and the process of photography, but I knew there was something more that I could get out of it. I knew there was a way that I could use photography as a tool to capture this "passage of time in a single moment" that I was so fascinated by. So, I started experimenting with longer exposures. This is where I truly found a passion for photography. And it wasn't long before I started brainstorming ideas for incorporating my passion for rock climbing into my passion for photography. I wanted to capture the passage of time as I moved up a rock face, flowing from one hold to the next. I wanted a way to visualize the line that exists in a climber's mind as he pieces together the natural features of the wall. I wanted to be able to illuminate the motion that I experience while climbing. And I think I've begun to do just that.
This website is an ever expanding repository for my exploits in illuminated motion.
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