Something a bit more off the cuff in this post, but some of these photos really screamed out at me as showing the pace of our world, and the interesting sights when time is let to pass us by. These were all shot on a photography evening with some like-minded hobbyists, all of us never really having experimented with long-exposure photography. The following shots are my favourite from the evening, and gave me a different perspective on the city of Lincoln and our society overall.
At the bottom end of Lincoln’s High Street there is a pedestrianised area that eventually leads onto the main ring-road and one of the main routes out of the city. Many different types of traffic flow through here, some coming back from work, some at work and some of their way to any number of social facilities in the city. Besides a small handful, all seem to have a purpose of where to be and when, and an urgency to get there.
One of the main routes to the original centre of Lincoln sits very picturesquely leading up to the cathedral. The lights of the main vehicles coming down the hill blurred so easily at dusk, all of them being in a hurry to get to their destination. The road marks were not visible at all by eye, however, when the shutter speed was cranked up, the road became more apparent that the lighting source.
We deliberately chose this train crossing as our starting location due to the neon of the pub behind, but more-so due to the trains flowing past and blocking the path. There is something odd about this crossing, even though many people seem to be in a rush, they are also willing to wait for the train line to clear than to climb the many stairs over the track. Many cyclists still race the barriers to the ground, their erratic pedalling seen in the wiggling light trails at the bottom of the shot.
The tarmac cars rely on to travel seldom gets a break. The surface being constantly run over through the weight of traffic and needing frequent maintenance to keep the world ticking. With a long exposure, however, this surface began to twinkle, with different areas highlighting more than others, and the un-smooth surface juxtaposing the smoothness we value in our vehicles.
The final shots of the evening began pushing the camera to its limits, with this shot being a rather long exposure, and a lot of the image blown out. The completely dark areas of the shot being brought to a lighting level we are accustomed to and the invaluable lighting being secondary to it.
What stood out to me whilst editing these images is the value we should be taking in timing of our perspective. Photography gives this power, through looking more in detail at sights and objects. Sometimes I feel that the world would benefit from more perspective on the details of our civilisation.