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The Art of Black and White Photography, 2nd Edition by Torsten Andreas Hoffmann

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29 How to Compose with Blurred Movement

Long exposures play an increasingly prominent role in today’s modern artistic photography. A photographer who has used long exposures to the max is Michael Wesely. His yearlong exposures of Berlin’s Potsdam Square have been exhibited internationally. Only wall fragments remained stable in his photos, everything else looks dynamic and chaotic, almost resembling a futurist painting of the early twentieth century.

It’s fascinating how photography is capable of breaking through our conventional perception by blurring what we experience as individual, clearly separated moments that are strung together. In Wesely’s images, these moments just dissolve into a blurred flow from which countless instants of an entire ...

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