Keith Ramsdell

Title: Minimal Seascapes

About the Photo:
The term long-exposure photography refers to a technique that involves longer shooting times than those indicated by the camera’s shutter, and allows the photographer to blur the moving objects, while sharply capturing the stationary elements.
With long-exposure photography, I can capture an element that would not be possible with conventional photography: the dimension of time. The effect of movement over time can be achieved with a shutter speed of a few seconds for quickly moving objects such as a wave crashing.
In my art, I take this concept and push it much further. My ambition is to totally obliterate the movement, time and energy of my subject. My goal is to pull all texture out of my seascapes, reducing the ferocious energy of the ocean into a serene and minimal “wash.”
Taking anywhere from minutes to several hours to shoot just one image, I use this process as a sort of meditation. This process to me is almost as important as the end result. Seeing the subtle changes in the sky, the tide breathing, and how the sun’s reflection over the water changes the composition of my image can be a very soulful experience.