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DCampbell-Flaxen Flare.jpg

An abstract photograph created by camera movement evoking light glowing through stained glass or the transparency of layered dyes in batik.
The complexity of my Flaxen Flare photograph is created by my movement of the camera as I interact with the colors of my photographic subject.The abstraction of this photograph evokes a sense of light glowing through stained glass or the transparency of layered dyes in batik.

Emerald Glow

Camera focus coupled with movement can allow a photographer to explore and capture color and light effects that exist in the world without the distraction of photographic detail. This abstracted view captures the lusciousness of a summer garden and has the moisture laden effect of a watercolor painting. The 24" x 36" photograph is printed with pigment inks on satin photographic paper.

Spikes On

Triangles leaning against reflecting metal
Impressions of reflection on base of industrial metal. Image from the Movement-Geons portfolio / 24” x 36” Pigment Ink Photographic Print

Diaphanous Sections

Camera movement captures and transforms the highlights reflected from a plant's fronds, accentuating and abstracting the linear structure of the leaves. The camera has been used to create forms that don't exist. This 24" x 36" photograph is printed with pigment inks on photographic rag paper.

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About Dottie

Baltimore City

Dottie Campbell's picture
Speed. Life today moves along at an ever-quickening pace. I readily observe this fast pace in my own life. I am an artist, and, thus, my work over the last couple of years, reflects this observation. I am creating art that makes manifest the accelerating pace of modern life.   When I photograph, I move the camera in response to my subject matter. I am no longer a passive recorder of my found compositions. Instead, I become a performance artist, a choreographer, a painter, and a creator in the... more

Movement-Soft

The Movement-Soft portfolio delves into the photographic abstraction that is a result of my camera movement at the time of capture. For this portfolio, I used larger, freer movements of the camera in order to free compositions of photographic detail and to create a softening of form and blending of color. In some images, the motion of the subject suggested the movement pattern for the camera. Throughout this portfolio, I wanted to enliven the painterly attributes of the image.

Movement-Greyed

As photographic images approach black and white, the focus is on texture and tonal range. Color becomes an accent in the composition. My moving camera capture technique was quick and erratic for these images and I worked with various sharpening techniques in developing the image.

Movement-Geons

In 1987, American vision scientist Irving Biederman theorized that human beings mentally break down images into simple geometric shapes in order to make sense of them. These simple geometric shapes are called geons.
Geons are used to anchor the movement in this portfolio of photographs. The geons are embellished and softened by my moving camera capture. The context of these photographs is not clear and the photographic detail is blurred, but the geons allow the viewer a safe platform, an organizing structure, from which they can investigate the abstraction of the images.

Thespian Landscapes

Since a steady camera is not required for my moving camera capture, I am able to photograph in environments where the light is very low. In these low light environments, my camera motion has a painterly and flattening effect. The movement-created textures in the images can be very complex because the slow shutter speed enables more choreography of camera movements. This portfolio is designed to have a theatrical effect, like landscapes illuminated and set on a stage.

  • Diaphanous Sections

    This 20” x 30” photograph is printed with pigment ink on photographic rag paper.
  • Transmuted Glade

    This 36" x 24" photograph is printed with pigment ink on satin photographic paper.
  • Nocturnal Germination

    This 20” x 30” photograph is printed with pigment ink on photographic rag paper.
  • Budding Escarpment

    This 20” x 30” photograph is printed with pigment ink on photographic rag paper.
  • Circumscribed Undergrowth

    This 24” x 20” photograph is printed with pigment ink on satin photographic paper.
  • Windswept Light

    This 36" x 24" photograph is printed with pigment ink on satin photographic paper.
  • Ancient Lair

    This 30” x 20” photograph is printed with pigment ink on photographic rag paper.
  • Unstable Atmosphere

    This 36" x 24" photograph is printed with pigment ink on satin photographic paper.
  • Sky Intrusion

    This 36" x 24" photograph is printed with pigment ink on satin photographic paper.
  • Filtered Daylight

    This 24" x 36" photograph is printed with pigment ink on satin photographic paper.

Dottie's Curated Collection

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