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In the beginning of photography it could take over an hour to expose a single photograph. Therefore portraits were rarely done at the dawn of when the earliest images were produced. Within a short period of time and with some experimentation exposure times were reduced significantly to a few minutes. This still led to images with the subjects moving ever so slightly, once in awhile to great appeal.
I have always been attracted to the motion of my subjects within the still backdrop of the scene. While at Parsons I did a series of images shot in the post offices around New York City. The architecture ranged from renovated 1970s buildings to some of the great Art Deco interiors WPA murals decorating the walls. In these images I would set my Hasselblad on the floor or on a table, then take a shot with a five to ten second exposure. When the halls were crowded this would allow ghosts to roam my images much like many of the finest early daguerreotype scenes.
Currently when I photograph people on the street I often like to move my camera and force both the subject and the environment to shift together. I do this by moving the camera on purpose. To achieve this I often shoot at night and sometimes use a neutral density filter or a super low ASA in conjunction with a high aperture. I find with the techniques I use in lightroom, I am able to get intriguing images that captivate the viewer.
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