Intentional Camera Movement

I have just recently started a new series, which I am tentatively calling “Meditations.” The technique I am using is called intentional camera movement, or ICM for short. If you haven’t heard of ICM before, you can see some great examples over on Flickr. The basic technique is to use a slow shutter speed, often a full second or longer, and to move the camera during the exposure. The results can add a sense of movement, or you can make the image completely abstract. The implications are seemingly limitless.

Although the technique is not new to me per se, this is the first time that I have attempted to use ICM with a digital camera to make abstract images. In the past, I have done this with Lomo and toy cameras, with interesting effects, but a digital camera allows you to check the results in real time and refine the image.

If you want to learn more about ICM, the ebook Slow, by Andrew S. Gibson has a great chapter on the subject.

I shot the images below at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.

ICM Experimants at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, California. (Gareth Bogdanoff)

ICM Experimants at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, California. (Gareth Bogdanoff)