Dancer in motion, swirling the skirt of her traditional costume

Playing with Motion

I rarely deliberately take photos of objects in motion, not sure why.

Sometimes they only show up by mistake, as when I accidentally opened the scanner lid in the middle of scanning.
accidentally opening scanner in the middle of scanning
Me accidentally taking a photo while moving, creating a streaky motion blur.Me taking photos and creating an accidental blur
Mexican dancer swirling the skirt of her traditional costume. This wasn’t deliberate, there just wasn’t enough light to stop the motion blur. Traditional Mexican Dance in Stackables

More Mexican dancers, with a different sort of dance move/motion blur.Traditional Dancers in Puerto Vallarta in Stackables

This second part is drawings done in life drawing classes with the models in motion, and has me thinking about how I could achieve this with a camera..

Two quick gouache sketches of a person swinging their arms quickly and their legs slowly (before digital cameras).a quick gouache sketch of a person in motion during a life drawing classa quick gouache sketch of a person in motion during a life drawing class
A pastel and pencil sketch of two models, both in motion, one walking slowly, the other bicycling, during a life drawing class (before digital cameras). a pastel and pencil sketch of two models, both in motion, one walking slowly, the other bicycling, in motion during a life drawing class

Life drawing, the model falling in slow motion.Charcoal life drawing of 'Spring' tumbling in slow motionCharcoal life drawing of 'Spring' tumbling in slow motion

The model is a dancer from the Vancouver International Dance Festival which sponsors a series of free life drawing sessions.Dancer posing as 'Spring' tumbling in slow motion posing for a life drawing session

More of the Lens Artists Photo Challenge: Motion.

15 thoughts on “Playing with Motion

  1. Hi, Elizabeth. Wow. Your sketches are fantastic. I love the Mexican dancers, too. It’s fascinating how you create motion on paper. Really outstanding.

    1. Your challenge really got me thinking about motion; all I had time for was to gather previous images of motion. I didn’t have time to work through all my ideas but at any rate I’m off onto another area to explore – so thank you so much for the nudge!

  2. Your drawings are really extraordinary Elizabeth. I especially loved the first model falling. I also loved your image of the Spanish dancer – accidental or not!

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