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Intentional Camera Movement

Creating Impressionism through ICM

As photographers we can become obsessed by sharpness and detail in our work, anything out of focus or blurry consigned straight to the bin. ICM is not easily understood by those constrained by these concepts.

ICM is a technique used by photographers to capture a form of abstract art known as impressionism. Rather than keeping the camera fixed in position the photographer moves the camera in a horizontal or vertical plane while keeping the shutter open to create motion blur.

This creates a very simplified impressionistic look to the image. Vistas which are complex and cluttered become simplified to their movement.

Intentionally moving the camera in this way changes the way we perceive reality which I find to be an incredibly creative and allows us to bring photography close to art.