Long Exposure Photography Interview #23: Darren Moore

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Long exposure photography by Darren Moore

This article is part of a series of interviews with long exposure photographers to celebrate the release of my ebook Slow. You can keep track of the interviews by clicking on the Long Exposure Photography Interviews link under Categories in the right-hand sidebar.

 

Darren Moore is a photographer from the UK. He has some interesting long exposure photos in his portfolio, and his techniques include using people and inanimate objects as a focal point. He lives in a region that seems to be popular with long exposure photographers (the south of England) and has also travelled to Iceland, another popular destination.

Interview

How would you describe your photographic vision? What kind of look do you try and create in your photos?

Minimalism is key for me. Simple, clean and uncluttered.

Name three photographers you like and why.

David Fokos. The tone and smoothness of David’s work is something to be admired.

Marc Koegel. Really like Marc’s processing style and use of negative space in his images he does a lot of panoramic long exposure work which is something I’m starting to get into.

Keith Aggett. Keith is a wonderful long exposure photographer. His attention to detail, processing skills and consistent quality of work is something I admire greatly.

Long exposure photography – what’s the attraction and why do you do it?

The whole process of long exposure photography appeals to me. By its very nature it cannot be rushed, you have to take your time, study and understand a subject/location before you commit to a exposure. It really gives you the ability to take an everyday scene or object that someone perhaps wouldn’t give a second glance and create something quite magical, an almost dreamlike quality which offers the viewer an escape from reality. For me that’s something very special indeed.

Why black and white? What’s the appeal?

I find colour in my own work very distracting. By working in black and white, it removes that distraction and allows me to focus completely on creating my vision.

There are a lot of seascapes in your portfolio. What is the attraction of the sea for you as a subject? What is your favourite place to take long exposure photos?

Having grow up by up by the sea, its always held a sense of mystery and wonder for me, with its seemingly endless horizons, something which I like to try and incorporate into my images today. So it’s no surprise that the sea features heavily in my work – unfortunately I don’t live near the coast at the moment, but use any and every opportunity to return and photography allows me to do just that.

Favourite place for Long Exposure? It’s difficult to name just one place. We’re lucky here in England to have some truly magnificent and varied coastlines. It seems like I have a new favourite place each and every week.

Long exposure photography by Darren Moore

It looks like you have taken a recent photographic trip to Iceland. How was the experience for you? What did you learn and how did it influence your work on an artistic level? What are your favourite locations on the island for long exposure photography?

I’ve been lucky enough to visit Iceland on three occasions. Each visit you seem to come away with a whole new experience. From snow, ice formations and northern lights in the winter, to an all most desert like landscape in the summer with vast lava fields and roadsides teaming with blue lupines.

Probably what I learnt most from my trips to Iceland (and I try to include this in my everyday photography) is to try and look beyond the obvious. Sometimes the thing that everyone else rushes by and ignores turns out to be the most special.

My favourite locations are:

Jökulsárlón Lagoon/Beach – Just the most beautiful location and a rare opportunity to get up close to icebergs, Something I never thought I’d witness in person.

Grafarvogur – Fantastic coastline to explore and where I shot “Friður” probably my favourite image from Iceland.

Vik – Amazing black sand beaches and some spectacular rock formations.

Long exposure photography by Darren Moore

There is a sense of space in your images. And time, solitude, maybe even loneliness. Are these conscious themes you are trying to express in your work?

I wouldn’t say its a conscious decision its just something that happens naturally – I’ve always found beauty in the sense of space and isolation and I guess that’s comes through in the final image.

What is your approach to long exposure photography? Do you plan the shoot first, and try to take an image that matches your vision? Or do you go out without a fixed idea, and respond to what you find?

I’m all about the planning. Here in England we mostly have to plan around the weather. I don’t tend do well just heading out “blind”. If possible I like to scout out a place before hand, looking at the best time to visit in relation to tides etc. Or I use something like Google image search and maps to get a idea of what a location has to offer and plan accordingly.

How important is light in your imagery? What types of light do you prefer for long exposure photography?

Light is the single most important aspect for me and any other photographer for that matter, it’s what defines the final image.

Ninety percent of my photos are taken very early mornings in that wonderful transition from darkness to light! The soft diffused light that often is produced is just perfect for long exposure work and really helps add a mood/atmosphere that’s hard to create at any other time of day.

Long exposure photography by Darren Moore

You crop some of your photos to the square format. Why do you do this and how does it affect the composition? How important is aspect ratio for you?

I generally look at scene with a square crop in mind, I find it really helps to create a simple yet strong final image that doesn’t distract the the viewer’s attention from the image you’re trying to portray. Obviously a square crop doesn’t always work or fit with what I have in mind, so I tend to look at a wider crop, 2:1 for example works well for me in certain situations if used correctly.

Links

Darren Moore’s website
Flickr

Photo gallery

Here are some more of Darren’s photos:

Long exposure photography by Darren Moore

Long exposure photography by Darren Moore

Long exposure photography by Darren Moore

Long exposure photography by Darren Moore

Long exposure photography by Darren Moore

Long exposure photography by Darren Moore

Long exposure photography by Darren Moore

Long exposure photography by Darren Moore

Slow

Slow: The Magic of Long Exposure Photography ebook by Andrew S. Gibson

If you’d like to learn more about long exposure photography, my ebook Slow takes you through the creative possibilities of using slow shutter speeds, from blurring motion with a shutter speed of 1/30 second all the way to long exposure techniques using shutter speeds of five minutes or longer.

 

All photos in this interview are protected by copyright. Please contact the photographer for permission to use in any way.

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5 Responses to “Long Exposure Photography Interview #23: Darren Moore”

  1. Nice read Darren,
    And nice to see some more of your work.

  2. Gerald says:

    Fantastic interview and Inspiring work. excellent !!!

  3. David Frutos says:

    Fabulous interview, Darren.
    Great words about your passion.

  4. Darren Moore says:

    Thanks guys – Really appreciate your kind comments.

    Also a big THANK YOU! to Andrew for including me in this fantastic series.

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