An Experiment In ICM (Intentional Camera Movement)

I’ve not been too well lately, and after a spell in hospital, and now the loss of general mobility for the foreseeable future I thought I would struggle into the garden and experiment with some Intentional Camera Movement images. I’ve taken thousands of photos of my garden flowers of the years, so these are very different, plus there’s a portrait of my youngest, who wanted to be in my photos. I present… “An experiment in ICM”.

I’ve seen some people dabble in this very strange niche genre of photography, but more recently I discovered a photographer on Instagram who only ever photographs images using ICM, and has had books published with these images (Olga Karlovak find here: https://instagram.com/olga.karlovac?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= )

Anyway, I popped out into the garden with the Fujifilm X-T3 and 15-45mm. Attached to this was my NISA ND8 filter so that I could get the shutter speed down to around a quarter of a second or so. I cropped the images down in size and added noise to get the effect I wanted. In some situations, I also used a different colour profile on them to enhance the colours.

You’re going to love it or hate it… Here we go! Click on images to see full EXIF data.

My idea is to take this into a town or city and use it for street photography. Of course, it’s also just a bit of fun, which I believe photography should be about. Is it photography? Is it art? I don’t know, but it let me get outside for 10 minutes and get some fresh air while I go through this illness.

Let me know your thoughts!

Until next time, bye bye.

Published by Mark G.Adams

Fujifilm Documentary Photographer & Blogger.

2 thoughts on “An Experiment In ICM (Intentional Camera Movement)

  1. Hey Mark, I hope you’re back on your feet soon – but don’t overdo it. Also sorry for not contacting you sooner, however, I’ve had a rough week of covid myself – my first time – not to be repeated hopefully – getting better now.
    I was not familiar with the technique at first, but discovered it by accident by looking at photos from various photographers, more specifically Jo Stephen. She has a great series of photos with this technique of bluebells and also seagulls. They look like watercolor paintings, absolutely stunning. I don’t think it’s easy, but judging by yours, you’re well on your way. Take good care – and take a lot of photos ! Marc.

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    1. Thank you Marc. Covid is nasty, I was very unwell with it when I had it this year for the first time. I hope you get better soon too.

      Yes, ICM is definitely an interesting (or horrible) technique. I want to try it out with street photography to see how that works, but I thought I would experiment on simple flowers first. It’s definitely interesting, and something I might pursue more of when I’m feeling better.

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