Art n’ Motion

Silhouette of a girl visiting an art museum
1/4 sec – f/4 – ISO 200 – 50mm

When it’s soggy outside, shoot in a gallery or a museum. I gave this advice numerous times on this blog in quite a few posts. When spending a weekend in Portland last month, I once more escaped from torrential rain outside (the Oregonians call it the “Oregon Liquid Sunshine” for a reason) into the Portland Art Museum with the intention to capture some Art n’ Motion.

Four girls visiting an art museum sitting in front of paintings
1/4 sec – f/4 – ISO 200 – 66mm

In order to capture some Art n’ Motion (fancy slug, isn’t it?), I dialed in some very slow shutter speeds on my E-M1. Then it was a matter of looking for good compositions and to include some moving visitors. I really like those little assignments I give myself, because this gets my creative juices flowing. Those teenage girls obviously had lot’s of fun observing my attempts, before they turned into subjects themselves.

Blurred silhouettes of 4 girls visiting an art museum
1/6 sec f/4 – ISO 200 – 47mm
Three girls visiting an art museum sitting in front of renaissance paintings
1/4 sec – f/4 – ISO 200 – 31mm
Blurred silhouettes of a man visiting an art museum
0,4 sec – f/4 – ISO 200 – 47mm

This last photograph probably falls under the category “my photos only need to please only me”. While totally blurred, I still like its almost polaroid like style (though out is just the door frame), the lines, the depth, the visible motion. I could stare at it for a long time. Zen-porn, I guess, a wabi-sabi imperfect but somehow harmonic image.

All shots were taken with my Olympus OM-D E-M1 with the Olympus m.Zuiko 12-100mm f/4.0 Pro zoom.

Post-processing was done in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC.

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Wish you a great Thursday!


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  1. Wow!Here i am always letting people delete my blurred photos.I love these photos so much.I am following your motto now,”my photos only need to please me”.Thanks Marcus.I totally love your work♡

    1. Thanks for your very kind words, Sau, I’m glad you like the blurred photos. Following the motto “my photos only need to please me” brings out so much creativity. I always compare it to children’s play, as they also experiment a lot, whether it makes sense or not. And they are genuinely happy when they create something that pleases themselves. Marcus

  2. Great series Marcus! This is the second time I’ve heard the term wabi-sabi this week! I think it’s great when our photos please ourselves… but I like that one too 😉

    1. Thanks, Amy, so much appreciated! Wabi-sabi is a very interesting philosophy that can be applied to photography as well. There is an awesome little book on it: “Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers” by Leonard Koren. I need to do a post about it! Happy weekend! Marcus

  3. The last one, in my eyes, is an image that invites me to remain, to move into silence, to ponder, to imagine…could this be the definition of art?

  4. The juxtaposition between works that curators determine are worth hanging in a museum and the people viewing (and sometimes not) I find fascinating. Well done Marcus.

  5. I like the blur in the last photograph. The composition is right on for me, the way the person lines up with the edge of the lighter space as if accentuating the multi dimensions of the image. The blur is inspiring to me and a reminder of how the only limits to photogrpaphy are the ones my mind creates… the box has no walls!

  6. I like the blur too Marcus, I find that occasionally I make a photo with blur that’s actually nice looking. It seems to depend on many factors coming together at once if that makes sense. 😎

  7. I like them all, and I appreciate the way you’ve shown different ways to make intentional blur work – it works when everything is blurred a little, it works when the paintings are in focus but the people are blurred, etc. The second photo in particular seems to put it all together – museum, people, composition, monochrome – so well. Cheers Marcus!

    1. Thanks so much, highly appreciated! I love the second photo as well, would have been my title image, but to the the blog format I decided on a portrait format 😉 ! Wish you a nice weekend! Marcus

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