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A terrible book about pictures you could easily take by accident
on October 25, 2012
I was given this book as a gift from a family member who thought I might find it interesting. She knows that I am into photography and thought I might enjoy something a little off the beaten path. Not wanting to waste a gift, I put it in the only place where I knew it would get read; the bathroom. After forgetting to grab my iPad on the way in one day, I decided to actually open it up and take a look. Oh dear lord.
If you've ever taken a camera out of Auto mode, you probably figured out in a few minutes that you can leave the shutter open for more than 1/60th of a second and make some neat trails with the available light in the room. Maybe you played around with the fireworks/night mode at a concert, or maybe you just have even a passing understand of how a camera makes an exposure and were able to put 2 and 2 together. Either way, the author figured this out as well and decided to make a book about it. It is page after page of long-exposure hogwash partnered up with self-congratulatory text wherein the professor explains the inspiration and technical breakdown behind his art. If you're into colorful shiny things, this might be a good book for you, but so would many Dr. Seuss books, which I can handily recommend, as they are full of actual art.
"But random internet guy, don't you see, man... it's about the art and the experimentation, it breaks all the rules! Don't be such a square!" one might say. Well, in order to fly the pirate flag over Rulesville, it is a good idea to first take a stroll through town. There are plenty of opportunities with long-exposure photography to convey things that are more difficult in traditional photography. None of that is present here. Setting your camera to a 10 second exposure and then shaking it angrily at the VCR is not groundbreaking or entertaining unless I get to watch and possibly play along.