Because I wanted to show how my journey to Brighton developed, from my perspective, I felt it would be effective to start the journey how many typical journeys for me (and many others) start off: from a suburban area, which meant something to the person embarking on the journey but not much to an ambivalent viewer.
To best convey this sense of suburbia, I decided to employ a pictorial rendering to the scene I knew myself very well. This made the scene typical of many other suburban areas but perhaps more interestingly, turned the road I knew well, kind of into something that was more foreign to me; more than had I not employed the pictorial technique.
The pictorial technique employed was a long exposure but not while the camera was stationary. Instead, I walked, while the long exposure took place. This gave the eventual photograph a ‘dreamy’ as well as ‘painterly’ feel in my opinion. However, more important, I felt, was the the effect of movement and lack of focus and thereby, the lack of familiarity to the eventual viewer this exposure gave.
Instead, the overall composition of the photograph, with strong converging lines, led the viewer’s eye towards where the lines converged; namely the end of the road. This use of perspective was a strong component of what I was trying to communicate in the image: the viewer was to feel like they were on the journey with the traveller and would potentially be curious to see what lay ahead at the end of the road.
I liked the fact that some elements of the photograph were discernible; it wasn’t all a blur. For instance the houses on the right caught the light and so the reds of the brickwork as well as the whites of the windows made them distinguishable. This meant the viewer had some reference point from their reality; just nothing specific to go by. Other examples of this were the cars (both in shadow on the left and in sunshine on the right) and of course the road itself and the sky.
Since the focal point (the end of the road) was quite singular, I placed it in line with the rule of thirds, so the viewer’s eye (with the help of the converging lines) gravitated towards this focal point. I felt the road being half in shadow lent to leading the eye up to the focal point as well.
Camera settings for Photograph 1 were:
f/9, 6 seconds, ISO 80, focal length 16mm and a 10 stop neutral density filter. No tripod was used.