Pillar Point

Advanced ICM Techniques: a talk by Roxanne Bouche' Overton

Event info

An online talk by Roxanne Bouché Overton with up to 95 places.  Tickets will go on sale on 1st February 2022.

"I am not interested in shooting new things – I am interested to see things new."  Ernst Haas

I’m Roxanne Bouché Overton and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area.  I love being a photographer – how it has allowed me to closely see and interpret the world.  It’s a privilege.  I am also an author and give photography workshops.  Information about my books that teach photographic techniques is available on my website.  I also have free blogs there about some of the specific methods that I use.  The largest body of my work can be seen on Instagram where I regularly post photographs of my most recent work.



I shoot liminal time – that space that is neither here nor there.  I discovered it in my peripheral vision where I find everything that I photograph.  It’s that blurry area where things catch my eye and I wanted to capture what I saw before it came into sharp focus.

My presentation will concentrate on ICM, or intentional camera movement.  Traditionally, long exposures were taken on a tripod to keep parts or all of the image tack sharp.  I work hand-held with shutter speeds that are usually in the 1/10th to 3.5 second range.  My intent is to show time passages.  I use a variety of different camera motions to achieve the results I’m after. Every subject is fair game.  Anything can be interpreted through movement giving the viewer a different perspective.  I shoot without prejudice – every genre is open to me.



I will show a body of work and talk about what it took to achieve the photographs.  It will encompass camera settings, movement techniques and what I look for when I’m hunting my next shot. I’ll cover single frame photography as well as multiple exposures.  I will also touch very briefly on the dry darkroom and advantages it has.  ICM has insight for every photographer and trying the technique will teach valuable lessons that will enhance traditional photography in unexpected ways.



I love how ICM alters clarity just enough that the familiar takes on an unfamiliar appearance.  Phone cameras and social media have made photography visually commonplace.  The ease of travel allows multitudes to photograph what used to be isolated and exclusive.  A lot of talented photographers take these photographs and many take them very well. To my eye though, they all look pretty much the same. These photographs all share the common vision of a literal interpretation of the scene. No matter how skillfully executed, they do not inspire the viewer to see beyond the literal, the immediate and the obvious.



Motion captures ‘extra everything’. Moving light and atmosphere show details in new ways.  Elements are hidden and revealed differently. The excitement of discovery is sensuously delicious. Shapes and lines form where there were none while absent where I might expect them to be.  Everything changes and morphs into an altered state of reality.  The story is still there – only it’s a whispered impression – a snippet of energy. Sometimes it seems to be a figment of my imagination.

"I don’t believe a person has a style. What people have is a way of photographing what is inside them. What is there comes out."  Sebastiao Salgado


There will be time for questions and answers at the end of the talk.

Ticket sales will close two days before the talk to allow time to process bookings and send the video link to participants.  A link to join the talk will be emailed to participants shortly after this.

Event times are stated in UK time.


Event Organiser

Mark Reeves


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