Photo Diary #61 - Gumtrees


Taken: 30 August 2021


Canberra, Australia


Notes: The technique of Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) is often described as being Impressionist in nature. Impressionism was developed by Claude Monet and other Paris-based artists from the early 1860s as a means of witnessing and subsequently translating the transient effects of light to canvas. Working outside the studio (en plein air), Impressionists used quick, individually dabbed brush strokes to build an image that reflected the artists observations of the subject or scene in front of them. The end result was an emotive rendering of subject matter operating at the whims of movement, light and the perceptions and physicality of the artist - similar to the results of an ICM photograph.


This series of gumtrees, illuminated by the dying sunlight and then flickering street lamps, was taken in quick succession as a gestural response to the twilight.