As a photography student and a lover of the medium, I will occassionally run Google searches for random fine art photography. Sometimes, I get a slew of boring, clicheed hallmark photos, and I’ll eventually give up and return to Facebook (or some other bit of useless web surfing). Other times, I’ll find a real gem.
Such was the case yesterday, when Google popped up with the name of Alan Babbitt. I clicked, not sure what to expect. What I stumbled across was an amazing story, accompanied by some beautiful images. According to his website at www.abproductions.com, Alan has been pursuing fine art photography for decades. Despite struggling with dibilitatingly poor vision, he managed to find success in his work. However, just a few years ago, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, a disease that causes tremors – a curse for a photographer who requires the freedom to move his hands with precision.
Instead of seeing the tragedy in his illness, Alan used it as inspiration. He began utilising his tremors as a photographic technique, capturing the movement and working with light in an entirely different way. His portfolios of “Tremor Enhanced Photography” have some of his most abstract and magical results. It is well worth a few strokes of the keyboard to visit his site – for the sheer magnitude of his ambition, if nothing else.
Take in the moment with these.