Project 2

‘Traces Of Time’

Project 2 –  A Durational Space


Exercise 3.2 – Trace


Start by doing your own research into some of the artists discussed above. Then, using slow shutter speeds, the multiple exposure function, or another technique inspired by
the examples above, try to record the trace of movement within the frame. You can be as experimental as you like. Add a selection of shots together with relevant shooting data and a description of process (how you captured the shots) to your learning log.



Initial Response

Just like the last project, this project is very similar, just the opposite. Instead of freezing time, we are capturing it, with slow shutter speed making the image blurry because as movement happens, the shutter stays open capturing the movement whilst it happens, causing it to be blurry. This affect has been used many times, by various artists as the brief gives examples, and using slow shutter can be fun as it creates amazing abstract images. I have used slow shutter speeds for light photography before, because when light moves when using slow shutter, it creates cool images of course! For this project I need to be more experimental as explained to me in my feedback. I have brainstormed some ideas for this shoot which I feel could be interesting and more of an ‘experiment’ rather than sticking to my guns, and doing what I know I can already do and be boring.


Mind Map

Click below for a few pointers that may help me towards my shoot and that I need to keep in mind when shooting for this exercise.

Mind Map – Trace


Artist Annotation

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Francesca Woodman

Shoot Plan

After all my research, I feel that this shoot of trace, leads on from freeze movement and that both of the exercises complement each other in that respect because you are tracing time and freezing time as well, all associated with movement of time. 
But for my shoot plan, I will be using my brother who plays snooker as my subject. For this he will be practicing as he does before his tournaments. This will give the viewer the opportunity to see him move around the table, and the coloured balls on the table the opportunity to move around.  Whilst the long exposure is taking place, I feel with two elements in the image, this will give me a good variety and will allow me to capture a strange but cool set of images, in relation to the movement of the balls and himself.


Contact Sheet

Please click the link to view my contact sheet for this shoot.



Image 1


Image 2


Image 3



Click the link below to view my annotations. 


Description of Process

For this shoot, I set up my tripod and used my camera with my 18-55mm lens at 18mm. I set it to shutter priority so that the aperture would automatically be calculated. I placed it in the corner of the room. I experimented with different shutters, trying to capture a trace in time. I then moved my tripod around the room to see what worked well and what didn’t. 

Aperture, ISO, Shutter Speed

Image 1 –

Aperture: 20
ISO: 100
Shutter Speed: 6″

Image 2 –

Aperture: 22
ISO: 100
Shutter Speed: 6″

Image 3 –

Aperture: 20
ISO: 100
Shutter Speed: 4″



In this exercise, I have managed to do a shoot relating to the brief which I feel covers what is expected. I have done a shoot of my brother practicing his snooker, and have lowered the shutter speed so that it is slower, giving the camera time to capture an image of movement, creating a blur effect. I feel that this shoot was challenging and I have experimented more, than recent shoots. I felt snooker was a hard but a good choice as I was not totally sure on the outcome and if it would work. I feel that my work clearly demonstrates traces of time with the balls traveling within the images. I also think that when it shows the same ball in a different area on the table, once travelled this shows clearly time, and the effects of long shutter. I changed the shutter on many occasions to try and capture the balls clear enough but with evidence of movement. I could have used many subjects for this shoot, but snooker is a slow sport, and I feel that I tried to experiment with time whilst the game was being played. Rather than choosing a fast-moving subject.

I demonstrated my technical and visual skills throughout the exercise by abiding by the technical instructions and produced visually good images that clearly show traces of time. 

The outcome quality is evident in my work as I have applied my current knowledge and skills and have tried to execute a shoot showing time within an image. I have communicated my ideas to the best of my ability by producing a shoot that is relatable to the planning of the shoot. My research has been broad, and I have used it to back my ideas and my shoot in general. Woodman’s work was more influential over the other artists as I liked how she presented traces of time simply throughout her work.

When it came to the shoot, I tried harder than previously to come up with a more original idea, rather than what is already known to me, of course I could have shot fast moving subjects that is clearly going to work the brief, but with snooker, I wasn’t sure if it would work with the balls and how slow the game is and how slow they move sometimes and if they would leave enough evidence to clearly show a trace of time.

In all I feel this shoot went well and showed how I can progress as a photographer by experimenting with shoots and subjects rather than sticking with an easier route. 


© Lewis.Gibson.Photography.2019

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