All images by Alessio Fangano. Used with permission.
One of the biggest challenges when it comes to photography is daring to be different, and trying new and untested approaches. Alessio Fangano, an Italian photographer living in Germany has been experimenting with quite an unusual and radical style he discovered by shooting images haphazardly, clicking the shutter while walking.
Alessio approaches slow shutter speed shooting with half a second shutter speed, often shooting without even looking through the viewfinder or camera LCD screen. His composition is done purely by luck or intuition and he emphasizes that photographers should trust their instincts more. Shooting in bright lighting conditions outdoors, usually the smallest aperture of the lens is used and sometimes Neutral Density filter is added to better balance the overall exposure of the slow shutter images. Frames are captured while the camera is on the move and sometimes Alessio swings his camera around to get unusually interesting shots.
In his latest series, Movingscapes, Alessio describes his techique to be liberating. Instead of pausing and spending time in setting the camera up, composing and making sure the shot is taken properly, Alessio simply lets the camera be part of the dynamic flow of interactions and be surprised by the results. The images show reality in the state of flux, with background location blending in with all possible subjects, producing a dream-like sequence which was blurry and messy, yet at the same time aesthetically beautiful. Henri Cartier-Bresson’s famous saying “sharpness is a bourgeois concept” aptly applies here, and Alessio has made something artistic out of his blurry photography vision.
To see more of Alessio Fangano’s Movingscapes series of photographs, you may visit his site here.