© Bill Ward




“Dance with the Unknown”

Bill Ward's project, which we present here, is less a completed project than an ongoing series, subject to an idea and a method: ICM - Intentional Camera Movement - which in German is sometimes called 'gestural photography'. With shutter speeds between 1/20 and 2 seconds, the camera is moved, blurring details and creating movement traces. You lose the documentary sharpness and gain abstraction. By creating the approximate, the emotional expression of the images is intensified. You could also put it like this: the less I can recognize and read precisely, the more I, as a viewer, have to bring in my own experiences, memories and expectations, and thus every viewer conquers the picture very subjectively and also very intensively.

This method, which Bill Ward likes to combine experimentally with multiple exposures, has a lot to do with his general intention: learning instead of determining. In other words, to get to know a place, explore it and create an image as a deeper means of direct observation. Because the later viewing of the picture creates an additional extended experience, a renewed and different perception of the place. Not only with regard to the viewers of an exhibition, but first simply for oneself as a photographer.

The movement of the camera, the multiple exposures also have something directly to do with one of man's most natural sensory possibilities: it's like a caress, a constant touch. Or also a repeated viewing. In other words, it is a sensory experience that feeds our intuition rather than our conscious knowledge. Because experience is more than knowledge. Of course, this is already very deeply embedded in photography, but Bill Ward's method focuses strongly on exactly this level of experience ... by reducing the variety of details he strengthens the emotional values and by moving this method also comes close to performance or dance. Two expressive possibilities, which are probably close to the actor Bill Ward. And at the same time this spontaneous and intuitive method is also called the 'free jazz of photography' - without a cognitive program, i.e. without a sheet of music, just get started ...

And that sounds a bit like painting, because you can't deny that many of Bill Ward's paintings resemble the palette of his fellow countryman William Turner (1775 - 1851). Turner had the misfortune to have been a painter before the invention of photography and probably had no desire to switch to photography ... especially since it was then still reduced to black and white. So we are lucky that Bill Ward was born a few years later and makes his camera his brush.


Bill Ward Kit

She is using following gear: Pentax K-1 with HD PENTAX-D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED SDM WR; Pentax K-70 with HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR; RICOH GR III