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Tribute to Monet

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Impressionist painting, put simply is a technique in which the final painting appears to have been created quickly, with bright colours that can be easily seen. These paintings do not reproduce reality, they are an apprehension carefully conceived and delicately created by the artist. Louis Leroy, an art critic once wrote of Monet’s work as “impressions” rather than paintings. The name caught on and Impressionism was identified. Unknowingly, Louis Leroy gave a lasting tribute to Monet.

Captured in camera, the impressionist style photograph above was created by shaking the camera vertically against a backdrop of dark sky, lit with floodlights highlighting a factory alongside a canal. The exposure took 13 seconds.

I had originally intended to create a sharp image, without a tripod. I was holding the camera level on a bar, overlooking the canal late at night and after looking at the image, or more specifically appreciating the unintended error, it became a favourite photograph. Just as Louis Leroy unknowingly gave a tribute to Monet, I also unknowingly gave a “Tribute to Monet”
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