When I started trying to promote my own artwork online I kept coming across other people's art that amazed or compelled me in one way or another. This blog has been a way for me to practice thinking and writing about art, as well as learning more about my peers and all the incredible art that is being made out there.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Jason E. Kelley

Jason Kelley did not invent strip photography, but he did introduce me to the concept and he's using it in a pretty unique way. First, a quick explanation. Strip photography involves slowly winding the film in-camera behind a thin exposure slit, creating what is essentially a time lapse scan of.. well whatever you are photographing. Go elsewhere for more technical information. There's all kinds of odd applications but Jason recognizes that one great potential is to create still images that are actually short movies. What you see is a single image but it was created by recording action. Moving objects appear relatively still (but with fascinating distortions) while the stationary background appears to blur past. He occasionally goes so far as to set the whole thing up like a movie, complete with costumes and sets. The banding lines you see result from the film being wound slowly by hand across exposure strip. Slight variations in winding speed affect the exposure. There are no digital effects being applied here.
Go to his Flickr site to see more. There's also plenty of other photography.
And he has a new website: www.jasonekelleyphotography.com

I've provided detail shots to draw you in, but you really need to click on the long thin images and see the whole thing writ large, as it were.

"Sauvie Dogs"

"Sauvie Dogs" detail

"Tea Party"

"Tea Party" detail

"St. Johns Parade"

"The Thief"

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