The Motion Blur series originates from my observation
that landscapes take on a much different quality when observed from a
car going 80 mph vs. from a stationary position. Motion blends the elements
of a scene horizontally, creating a minimalist composition.
In Motion Blur, instead of taking pictures from a fast-moving car, I artificially introduce motion to a still scene by moving the camera in a linear manner during a prolonged exposure. In this process, the scene plays the role of the brush and the film plays the role of the canvas. The camera motion "paints" the scene onto the film.
While most photography attempts to "stop" time with fast shutter speeds and tripods, Motion Blur instead takes a still image and introduces a velocity vector. Rather than stop time Motion Blur "stretches" it. The resulting images imply a transience of physical objects — mountain peaks vanish and trees vibrate and soar.
— Alfred Tom
Using an inexpensive old camera,
A project that was born from fascination for the beauty and abstractness of the pre-andean plains, rapidly evolved into a need to document this particularly fragile region, which is now under serious threat of desecration due to man’s eagerness to extract the rich minerals from its soils.
How much visual information do we really need to see a picture and understand it? How do photographs define our memories, and what would happen if the photos started to lose their details?explores these ideas and more in her new project.