Photography impressionism offers the kind of calm to soothe your nerves.
“When the mind is calm, how quickly, how smoothly, how beautifully you will perceive everything.”
"Standing in Time: the Gilded Age." During the turn of the century, architecture offered opulence, extravagance, and grandeur in a theatrical manner. Eras come and go, but you can see the cycles of excess and famine rise over and over. Stay centered just like the clock in this scene.
"Mirage." The Oasis at Death Valley has a fountain trickling in the center of the property as though taunting the surrounding dry valley. I decided to create an impressionist photo of the fountain as a double entendre to the meaning of "mirage."
"Simpler Times." Imagine walking behind the cabin, following the path of fallen leaves, the crunch of drying grass, and the snap of twigs breaking underfoot. This is a moment you can return to anytime you like. Enjoy the warm autumn sun on your shoulders, the cool breeze creating a relaxing sound in the tree canopy, and the smell of earthiness. Impressionism photography allows us this moment whenever we desire to walk in the woods.
"Shadow Fin." Winter shadows cast long and far into the canyon. Is that a shark fin? This abstract art print will have you wondering. Smiling. Maybe even yelling out, "land shark!"
"Lulled to Sleep." Ocean waves gently advancing to the shore in a dreamy, peaceful, soft look. Wherever your tranquil place is, magnify that peace with this ocean at sunset.
"Dry Spell Breaks." Simplified, gently rounded corners that mimic adobe walls, and a fusion of realism and abstraction of the Grand Canyon. Bring comfort to your living space with this abstract wall art.
"Purple Mountains Majesty." Mountains make me feel like I'm in the company of royalty. During this sunset, the sky silhouetted ithe distant mountains in purple, coordinating with shades of lilac and fuschia at sunset. Invite them into your castle as a striking art print.
"Offering of Light." The serenity of a quiet garden is balanced around a Japanese Yukimi-doro or snow-viewing lantern. Let this traditional offering of light transform your thoughts.
"Fluttering." Do you have X-ray vision? It seems like it with this vinca flower. Intentional movement creates these dreamy layers that move the eye from petal to petal in a trance. Be still my beating heart.
"Bending with the Wind." Abstract bamboo leaves tussle in the wind in a tropical garden. Symbolic of flexibility and resilience, bamboo encourages the spirit of going with the flow.
"Impressions." Spend a dreamy afternoon touched by a warm breeze. Close your eyes and listen to the hint of peaceful bird songs in the distance. Smell fresh cut grass layered with a hint of flower blossoms. Dream of a day in the garden with no cares.
"Agave on Ice." To the Aztec's, the agave represented long life, health, and fertility. Today, we think of tequila. For whatever reason you are drawn to agave, enjoy it cold. On ice, or snow rather.
"Releasing Tension." An aspen grove seems to stretch upward as the late afternoon light filters through the trees. Take a cue and give yourself a stretch too.
"Solitude." The Buddhist Byodo-In Temple in Oahu, Hawaii evokes feelings of enlightenment and mysticism with the clouds cloaking the hillside. If you listen carefully, you'll hear the meditation gong.
"Enchanted Forest." Listen for the crunch of pine needles underfoot. Notice the small wildflowers blooming in a carpet of green grass. Feel the soft touch of afternoon light reaching into the forest. That's enchantment.
"Wandering Eye." The gaze that wanders all day, but never blinks, and never changes focus. A bouquet of these sunny flowers will brighten up any day.
"Gentle Applause." Like channeling Seurat or Signac during the pointillism era, you can almost hear these quaking aspen leaves rustle in the autumn breeze as though they are gently clapping at the finale of a piano concerto.
"Field of Smiles." The glow of happy faces in a field has to be sunflowers. Add a touch of sunshine to brighten the mood of any room with sunflowers in art. A soft painterly rendition of a field of dreams, sunflower-style.
Impressionist photography allows you to absorb a place and time.
If Monet were alive today and had the benefit of a digital camera in hand, would he create gentle brushstrokes by blurring photos with movement? Perhaps his impressionist photography series would include the subtle motion of a breeze stirring up a patch of red flowers in a green field of grass. Maybe he’d capture the tussling of the branches in a tree. I believe he would have created amazing impressionist photography with the rest of the masters: Monet, Renoir, Pissaro, and Degas.
The movement of the camera creates a painterly look.
We are accustomed to using cameras to capture sharp detail. But life is in motion, so why shouldn’t photography art move? Especially when it allows us a rich experience. Movement photography creates an impression of a scene: a dreamy, soft, painterly piece of art.
Using camera motion as a technique frees me from traditional rules of photography, much like the visible brush strokes freed the impressionist painters of long ago. I express the emotion of what is before me instead of the details.
For the viewer, the blurring effect frees your mind. You can imagine what you’d hear if you were in that place, what you’d smell, and who you might be with instead of analyzing the concrete nature of a normal photograph. The abstract image slows your pace down. And at each viewing of a photo created in an impressionistic style, you’ll experience new sensations and discoveries.
Long exposures create gorgeous gradient colors in impressionist photography.
When creating a blur effect, impressionist photographers need longer exposure times. One of the effects of a long exposure time is the emergence of beautiful gradient colors. Setting the camera in motion blends upbeat colors into geometric abstract art images. The lines and swirls give off a fun, youthful vibe.
Abstract impressionism photography allows us to view natural scenes in a new light. Take a new look at autumn, one that dances, swirls, turns, and rushes by. Abstract fall colors open you to new sensations about how fast the season blurs by. Or see how trees seem to stand up taller and stretch out their limbs in communion with the rest of the forest.
Impressionist photography also draws us into new perceptions of traditional landscapes. First, we behold the treasures of rich golds, blushing reds, and royal purples that we may not have noticed before. Then, as the sun sets in the desert, melting into a mountain range, you can hear the lyrics of “purple mountains majesty” from that voice inside.
Rugged rock formations of canyons, wind-swept vistas, and vast spaces open up to us, drawing us into an abstract land: a place where we no longer have the precision of sharp horizons and solid ground but a gentle place where we can rest.
I love how practicing intentional camera motion requires reflection, where I must immerse myself in the mood of a place before I begin. This type of art emphasizes a deeper appreciation of the little moments.