Welding Glass Long Exposures
These images result from multi second exposures using a piece of green welding glass as a neutral density 10-stop filter. While real neutral density filters are available in that range, the color cast and unpredictability of using the welding glass gives its own aesthetic. With its inherent proneness to heavy uneven vignetting and light leaks it gives an additional unique look to the images and extra technical challenges that I find reminiscent of my days shooting film. I also really appreciate the transitory nature of elements in the shot such as steam, mist water, or human life contrasting its phantasmic blurs with the tack sharp rigid environment of stone, wood and metal. This allows me to explore themes of impermanence and permanence within the environment.