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I used to paint, and I think as a consequence of this, I enjoy trying to push the boundaries of what photography can be. I use multiple exposures and camera movement to help simplify and abstract the detail in a scene. It is a way of working which is controllable to a certain degree, but still has a great deal of unpredictability about it. Post processing is generally limited. I prefer to achieve the structure, detail and composition I want in camera and then tweak the colours and contrast in Lightroom. The consequence of this approach however is an overflowing trash can and a doubtless rapidly deteriorating shutter.
My images combine an early love of drawing and painting with a long-standing passion for photographing the landscape. An important part of my portfolio continues to be about the interaction between water and light in, but I’m also experimenting with movement on land and even my own progress on foot through the landscape. Facebook Flickr
I (Michela) first came across Valda on social media last year and was struck by her refreshing approach to landscape photography. She has a good eye for composition and is quickly establishing herself as a leading practitioner of I.C.M. (Intentional Camera Movement) and M.E. (Multiple Exposure) photography. I wanted to ask her to expand on the artistic journey touched on in Doug Chinnery’s article Creativity in Camera last September. When I contacted Valda she was in Namibia but kindly applied herself to the questions while seeking respite from the midday sun (not something we’ve had to worry about in the UK recently).
Michéla Griffith www.longnorlandscapes.co.uk Flickr, Facebook, Google+