Having a personal project to work on is a great discipline for every photographer, professional or amateur. We all get stuck at times on what to photograph and can fall into ruts where our creative drive struggles to get any traction. Being committed to a personal photography project will help us develop our vision, creativity, and technical skills.
Expressing the passing of time using photography as a medium has fascinated me ever since I became interested in using a camera to make art. A single photograph is usually made in a fraction of a second and we have learned to perceive photographs this way.
If we make photographs with a long exposure and our composition includes movement, (of either our subject or our camera,) we are recording an image our eyes will never see naturally. The duration of time our shutter is open will typically result in a blurred photo.
Shortly after buying my first camera, a wonderful old Nikkormat FTN with a 50mm f1.4 lens, back in the early 1980’s, I enrolled in a photography night class at the local high school. During the first lesson the teacher showed us a TV documentary about the British painter David Hockney who had recently started making photographic ‘joiners’ as he called them. I was hooked! Hockney only made his joiners for a few years before putting down his camera and returning to painting. I have enjoyed exploring and developing this style of photography off and on over the past 30+ years.