Blurreal Photography

Most of my life has been spent travelling and living between two points: two houses, two cities, two countries. I have been shaped by this nomadic way of living and, perhaps as a consequence of this, my preoccupations are how the commonplace aspects of life can become poignantly elevated. This poignant beauty is found in moments of flux, movement, speed and colour in everyday life.

Blurreal Photography explores the flux and sense of motion in our everyday lives. The fusion of colours and movements are designed to direct the viewers’ attention to a selected locus of the image. It challenge our expectations by creating ambiguous visions rather than explanatory illustrations.

The Burreal technique is based entirely on the use of slow shutter speed combined with creative zooms and slight movements during the moment of exposure. There is no digital manipulation. It is a response to society’s technological advancements outstripping our ability to reflect on its impact. It is a response to a fast-paced world of immediate gratification, lack of focus and sped-up relationships with nature and the global community. As humankind races through this new digital era, photography must race to keep up. At a time when photography seems unclear of its digital future, Blurreal photography unfolds some of the possible new paths.


Blurreal Manifesto

Definition
a. a diffused vision of reality;
b. an emotional representation caused by perceptual input;
c. a visual effect created by the overlay of displaced objects;
d. a slow shutter speed photography technique involving no digital manipulation.

World Context
a. The democratization of technology has brought freedom of expression and a massive volume of shared information.
b. The outcome of this is a digital, fast paced society indulging in virtual communities and costumes;
c. Accessible technology evokes a global outburst, adding a new flux to reality and speeding up human relationships with nature.

Photography Context
a. Thanks to an improved technology, reality is overexposed; More people can take and share high quality photographs.
b. A proliferation of digital manipulation is affecting our perception and altering values;
c. Photography must indulge, interact and be stimulated by all new possibilities;
d. Public photography is restricted by growing number of laws indicating a need for new approaches.

Philosophy
a. Reality is not only a physical matter nor an emotional impression. It is the result of interactions among human, nature and technology.
b. It consists in a dichotomy between the impressions received and the ones expressed. One can never be an outside observer without taking part and influencing it;
c. A moment contains simultaneous instants spread along the duration and distance occurred.

Observations
a. The reality photographed does not always stand still, it goes on frenetically, peacefully or systematically;
b. The visual perception of reality is limited by the human eye, there is motion in between the still frames of life that we can not acknowledge;
c. The moment of exposure is a coincidental point of local realities, converging in the camera’s lens, depicted by the photographer;
d. The photographer is not an objective reality catcher but an expressive receptor;

Aims
a. Blurreal Photography is not a definitive or indisputable source of representation, but a challenge to the human mind. It aims to arouse people’s imagination by creating ambiguous visions rather than explanatory illustrations;
b. It evokes a new perceptual experience of the world, proposing multiple subjective interpretations;
c. By de-constructing reality and puzzling rationality, Blurreal hopes to challenge the Human mind and unfold a pathway for a new understanding of the world.

Inspiration
a. The commonplace aspects of life, the inner relations between human and nature:deeds, tensions and harmonies.
b. The contemporary urban flux in contrast with the former forces of nature.
c. People, behaviours, details and movements.

Techniques
a. Blurreal is a plain work of photography without any sort of digital manipulation;
b. All the results are solely obtained by the use of slow shutter speed techniques, sometimes combined with creative zooms and provoked displaces;
c. The duration and intensity of the moment is shaped by interacting with the camera through an emotional response.
d.The resultant picture is commonly blurred and impressive, portraying not only the observed reality but also the impulses
caused throughout the exposure time.

Aesthetics
a. The indefinite and sketchy result is a fair representation of reality because capturing the essentials reflects the sensorial experience.


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