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Abstract Slow Shutter Speed Photos of Landscapes While Traveling

For his series titled “Drift”, photographer David Burdeny traveled along roads in Canada, France, Japan, England, Belgium, and the USA, and captured the shifting light and color of the diverse landscapes by shooting at slow shutter speeds.

Regarding these photos, Allen Murabayashi over at PhotoShelter asks the question, “it’s art, but is it photography?” What do you think? Should everything created using a camera be considered “photography”?

David Burdeny (via PhotoShelter)


Image credits: Photographs by David Burdeny and used with permission


 
 
  • Jan

    yes!

  • http://twitter.com/Basbeeky Bas ter Beek

    Everything shot with a camera should be considered as a photograph as long as it’s not that manipulated with photoshop that the original image looks unrecognizable, I find….

    But these photo’s look more like a photoshop gradient :)

  • http://www.ezramarcos.com Ezra Marcos

    It’s both!  Shutter speed, aperture, ISO were all utilized & considered during the creation of these images…isn’t that photography?  

  • OliviaTech.com

    This looks like the art I’d expect to see while walking down the halls at a hospital. All in the eye of the beholder. Anything can look good in a great frame!

  • http://twitter.com/bronicat Bronius Motekaitis

    Can my 3 year old do great abstract “painting?”  Yes!  Is it artful?  That’s subjective.. Is it skillful? Now that’s debatable.

  • Bork McGork

    Why wouldn’t it be photography?

  • Matm

    Well… yes, because photography is just the mode of execution, the medium if you will. Just the same, a painting can be done in a medium of oils, acrylics, or watercolors, and drawings can be in crayon, pencil, ink, etc. So, yes, this is photography because the image was creating using a camera. 

  • Adam Nyholt

    Of course it’s photography. A  camera was used as a tool to capture and record light. What other definition is there? These probably saw very little photoshop work, which makes them more of a genuine photograph than many others out there ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002843814125 Petra Oldengarm

    I’d guess both, but is it really important to classify it?

    I love to watch those kind of abstract series (although I’ve seen more series like this passing by)

  • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.citrano Anthony Citrano

    It is both.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Marsh/674033156 Jim Marsh

    I think I’ll pass on this one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Marsh/674033156 Jim Marsh

    I think I’ll pass on this one.

  • Kgraceart

    Art uses many tools to make art.  I’ve used razor blades, twigs, potatoes, rubber, oil, milk, crayons, wax, torn magazines, dirt, photographic images, photography and cameras.  It is art, yes, and it is photographic art.  There is no reason to require photography to be only realistic, as much as there is no reason to only accept realism in art.  It is photography, and it is art.  

  • Gilad Koriski

    The literal meaning of photography is Light drawing. Assuming one is using only a camera to create an image, sits comfortably within this definition. As a photographer and image creator, I struggled with this concept myself for many years. I had to write my thought down in my blog just to clarify, if only to myself, how do I categorize what I do:  http://koriski.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/phodigraphy/

  • http://twitter.com/darkfoxprime Johnson Earls

    This is photography just as much as a multi-hour exposure of star trails
    in the night sky is.  And it’s more colorful.  Cool idea :)

  • Anonymous

    i don’t see why people agonize over definition.  if you were to decide that for some reason it was not “photography” then you have to define at which point a motion blurred image stops being a photograph.  which is obviously ludicrous.

    bottom line it’s art – and frankly, the medium in art is only important at time of creation – after that it’s just a curiosity…

  • Anonymous

    wow…  i actually like your work (from what i saw) – but that intro is hilarious

  • Solaris67hr
  • Chuck Leamon

    Devil’s advocate here.  We once had an office copier.  Inside that machine was a camera (a canon no doubt) that took a picture of the item to be copied and printed it out.  So, “A  camera was used as a tool to capture and record light”.  Does that make it photography?

    I do agree that the images presented on this web page are photography.

    Chuck

  • http://www.ezramarcos.com Ezra Marcos

    Very bad photography….

  • Ellenjantzen

    Have you seen www.point-shoot-70mph.com

  • Sam Whited

    It seems to me that artistic photography (that statement is not necessarily redundant), like all forms of art, is being able to see beauty in something, and then representing that beauty for others who may or may not be able to see it under normal conditions. The only thing that distinguishes photography from, say, sculpture, is the fact that it uses a camera and film(/memory card) instead of a chisel and marble.

  • Sam Whited

    It seems to me that artistic photography (that statement is not necessarily redundant), like all forms of art, is being able to see beauty in something, and then representing that beauty for others who may or may not be able to see it under normal conditions. The only thing that distinguishes photography from, say, sculpture, is the fact that it uses a camera and film(/memory card) instead of a chisel and marble.

  • Erutancalls

    Yes I have, it looks to me like someone found the motion blur tool on their photoshop and went nuts with it.

  • Ian Greenbergs

    take any image
    open in editor
    Filter – Offset – Horizontal 5555 – Repeat Edge Pixels
    art & profit
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12529058/30730001.jpg

  • CJT

    Would the images be recognized as photographs if the viewer weren’t told so in advance? If the answer is no; then, it’s an image, not a photograph.

  • http://richardsnotes.org Richard

    Isn’t all photography art? If not, when does a photograph turn into art?

    The images are fascinating and how they’re classified means little.

  • Bronagh

    Surely there is already a term ‘fine art photography’ and it the individuals choice to produce an image however they want to – why do some people get so worked up about how others produce their images!

  • Brona

    Nope looks nothing like the images above! also knowing how the images above where produced gives them a different meaning, this is just some random lines;-)

  • Jsinon

    Of course it is photography, and art. It was created with a camera, and is an artistic representation of the landscape.

  • Hunter White

    F%^&, I had this same idea like a week ago.

  • Mr.New

    Why is it bad? If you have any appreciation for art, you would not see these series as “bad” photography or bad art. 

  • Mr.New

    Why is it bad? If you have any appreciation for art, you would not see these series as “bad” photography or bad art. 

  • JasonHyde

    No. All Photography is definitely not art. Just as all pictures taken with a camera are not “Photography”…

  • Underground253

    Apparently Mr. Burdeny isn’t the only one shooting images in this style.  See the photos by Gordon B. here: http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=6224848.  While I enjoy abstract as much as the next person, I think I like Gordon’s images better; at least there are recognizable objects, not just streaks of color.

  • http://www.colleenleonardphotographie.com Colleen Leonard

    Thanks for the reference, I haven’t seen his work.  Frank Grisdale is another photographer shooting like this http://www.frankgrisdale.com/ 
    and I have also done a series- Moving Land-  that is really similar in Saskatchewan,Canada
    http://www.colleenleonardphotographie.com/newmovinglandgallery.html

  • Greg

    “Are these good art?” is a worthy debate (though of course one without conclusion since ‘good’ is as subjective as ‘art’). “Are these photographs” is ridiculous. Of course they are… light was recorded on a light-sensitive medium (in this case, digital sensor, but it could have been film). 

  • Ken Gilbert

    why not?

  • James Slater

    as in what’s the point of it? what skill does it take? what kind of eye? how long does it take to compose a shot? does it draw the eye across the composition? Does it evoke any particular emotion?

  • James Slater

    as in what’s the point of it? what skill does it take? what kind of eye? how long does it take to compose a shot? does it draw the eye across the composition? Does it evoke any particular emotion?

  • Thomas

    Point of it? It’s abstract photography.

    What skill does it take? Creative thinking and a knowledge of photography and shutter speeds and their effect on the resulting image.

    How long does it take to compose? Is it a pre-requisite that you have to take a long time (or a certain time) to compose a shot for it to be considered good photography or art? Come on…

    Does it evoke any emotion? Obviously that depends on the viewer.

    Photography? Yes. Art? Yes. At least in my eyes :-)

  • Thomas

    Point of it? It’s abstract photography.

    What skill does it take? Creative thinking and a knowledge of photography and shutter speeds and their effect on the resulting image.

    How long does it take to compose? Is it a pre-requisite that you have to take a long time (or a certain time) to compose a shot for it to be considered good photography or art? Come on…

    Does it evoke any emotion? Obviously that depends on the viewer.

    Photography? Yes. Art? Yes. At least in my eyes :-)

  • http://www.freerangemachine.com/ Graeme
  • http://www.freerangemachine.com/ Graeme

    This is retarded, not photography. it completely misses the point. Get a grip fool!