Long Exposure Photography


Ben Fortuin '15

Photography is one of my favorite mediums of art. I think it is a way of self-expression that is more creative than drawing, painting, or even music; all things that I am also very passionate about. I think it is more creative because you can’t always control photography, especially if you have a living breathing subject with a mind of its own. With painting for example, you have a blank canvas that you can do anything to, the artist has complete control. There are no restrictions in drawing, painting, and music. However, in photography there are so many outside factors that make it more difficult such as lighting, subject, and timing. All of these mediums of course require incredible talent, and being apart of all three I think photography is the hardest to do correctly and well.

Long exposure is especially fun for me because there is a challenge to it and almost every photograph seems to be magic. When taking long exposure photography you never really know what the photograph is going to look like until its over which if you know how these photos are taken, you know it can take up to 30 seconds to take one picture. For most of these photos I used glow sticks and just moved them around randomly or tied them to a string and spun them in circles, and in others I threw them past the camera. In the others I used a flashlight with smoke bombs inside a tunnel.

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Part of Regis Jesuit’s 2014-2015 Year of the Arts