After seeing some of the works by Hiroshi Sugimoto and very much liking the minimalist approach of his seascapes I have been occasionally going to Edithvale beach and trying a few shots. The last time I went it was raining and the shots were ok but they had not captured the scene as I wanted. Today with approaching rain clouds and a fair bit of haze from city pollution I thought today might just give me what I wanted.
Now bear in mind that Sugimoto often exposed large format film for several hours and I am using a digital camera and going for 1/100th of a second that this is in no way the same as Sugimoto’s work. The effect is similar but it does not have the same deep ethereal quality of Sugimoto’s work. I would need to greatly develop my expertise in large format photography before going for those lengthy exposures.
However as this is similar but derived from Sugimoto I can to some extend claim it as mine with acknowledgement to Sugimoto as he acknowledges Sol Lewitt’s influence on his work.
I like the minimal effect of finding a seascape where the horizon line has become indistinct due to atmospheric conditions.
Now here are the three shots taken today.
I have two large format shots taken but not processed. They were difficult because there was no clear horizon to focus on, so I am not sure what I will get when processed. That is the great part of doing film.
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