We’re a couple of months early in the UK, but around November time here (and July in the US), photography sites tend to go mad with “how-to photograph fireworks” tutorials, following a formula of: tripod + long shutter speed = firework photo.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got nothing against fireworks, but they are one of those oft-photogrpahed subjects, that I find utterly dull in isolation. For something that conjure ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ of wonder when seen with the naked eye, their photographic representation becomes characterised by a repetitiveness which seems contrary to the unique nature of each explosion.
However, these photographs by David Johnson, offer something unique. Coupling a long exposure with a technique of varied focus (from out-of-focus to in-focus or visa-versa), David manages to do something with fireworks that I for one have never see. The result is a series of abstract images which in many cases do not represent fireworks at all.
Unfortunately, innovation such as this doesn’t go unnoticed and David’s work can probably be said to have ‘gone viral’, meaning that you can be sure to expect this to become a technique which will probably become similarly over-used come November 5th! But for now you can enjoy the unique innovation of these photos and marvel in David Johnson’s ability to think outside the confines of the photographic norm.
You can see the full set here.