Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

Hanging around the House

December 27, 2020

Today was a lovely sunny day and not even that cold out—38 degrees Fahrenheit at the moment. But I have not been keen to walk around outside with the camera lately. That’s the first point. The second point is that I have been looking at the September issue of ICM Photography Magazine and building my desire to do more ICM (intentional camera movement) photography myself. The third point is admiring the domestic photographs that Alan Goldsmith often posts on his blog. So this morning I walked around the house playing ICM. Here are my favorites of the haul.














26 responses

  1. #6 almost looks like clouds. I like the graceful curves in #8. #11 comes across to me as a column of light. The bright yellow-orange in #12 is attractive. The last photograph reminds me of an abstract painting from the Synchromism art movement a century ago.

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    December 27, 2020 at 9:20 PM

    • I thought #6 looked like clouds, too. (It’s my unmade bed, the wall, and the bottom of a window.) I don’t remember what #8 is, and I don’t know what made the light in my kitchen in #11. I had to Google Synchromism; it’s an art movement I’d never heard of. But, yes, my image and the ones on my Google page have amazing similarities. Thanks for writing, Steve.


      December 27, 2020 at 9:31 PM

  2. Sue

    Oh, what fun….you have a river in full flow, and an almost waterfall, and the abstract, painting in the last one!


    December 28, 2020 at 3:36 AM

    • It was fun, Sue. I’m glad you enjoyed these also. Thanks for letting me know.


      December 28, 2020 at 2:22 PM

      • Sue

        Yes, a while since I have done ICM images…you might have inspired me!

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        December 28, 2020 at 2:58 PM

  3. Poetic and mysterious in the best possible way.


    December 28, 2020 at 9:03 AM

  4. The composition on all of these photos is outstanding, Linda. Your use of light and color is just beautiful. Nice work!


    December 28, 2020 at 5:08 PM

    • Thank you, Ken. As you know if you’ve done ICM yourself, these images take a lot of fooling around with before they look decent. It’s all fun, though, and I love the good surprises. I’m missing your photos.


      December 28, 2020 at 5:44 PM

      • I’ll bet you had fun “fooling around” with these. Beautiful job. I love the post-processing aspect of photography just as much as I love shooting. I hope to return to posting in the future so please stay tuned.

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        December 28, 2020 at 6:08 PM

  5. Great pictures, Linda – #1 is my favourite! 🙂


    December 29, 2020 at 5:03 AM

    • Thanks, Adrian. I still can’t figure out where all those colors in #1 came from. I guess that’s just part of the fun.

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      December 29, 2020 at 5:56 PM

  6. What a great way to spend housebound time, Linda. All are attractive. I didn’t know about the magazine, not that I do any ICM, but it is good to know about. Happy New Year!


    December 30, 2020 at 3:44 AM

    • I know I need to just get out there, but yeah, it’s great fun finding things indoors. Glad you like these, Steve. Happy New Year to you, too.

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      December 30, 2020 at 3:01 PM

  7. What a pleasant surprise! I hope you’re not kicking yourself now for not going out! Do you ever think about how different this final result is, and the process is, from much of your other work, like the iron bacteria or dumpsters? I’m curious to know how comfortable it is to hold these two very different techniques in your “mindworld.”

    #1 is like a fully-realized symphony – it’s almost hard to look at another after that. But not that hard! 😉 #3 feels like a very modern architectural space. #5 feels gestural, maybe because of the way it rushes left to right, like writing. #6 puts me on a Lindblad cruise in the Antarctic. 🙂 And #7 is the iceberg. Judy Chicago would appreciate #10 – it could be a new setting for her Dinner Party. 😉 #11 looks like one of your rust photos in a dream state. And #13 is definitely New Year’s Eve – but not this year!! 😉 Impressive work, Linda!

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    December 30, 2020 at 9:29 PM

    • I do think about the different results I get from ICM and photography that is more documentary, Lynn. I write on my Matter Matters page, “When I photograph, I pursue the sheer corporeal existence of things.” Well, that doesn’t really apply to the ICM photos. Doing ICM feels transgressive to me. It’s pretty much the opposite of the other work. The only way I can deal with the discrepancy is to say that I have two bodies of work. But I don’t—at least yet—have a statement that fits the ICM work. So, yeah, I’m not terribly comfortable. I enjoyed all your comments on the photos when I read them two years ago. I only noticed today that I never responded because Alan drew me to this post again. (See below.) I’m sorry.

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      February 23, 2022 at 11:00 AM

      • I can’t imagine ICM feeling transgressive – it’s experimental and fun to me – but I have huge admiration for your honesty in saying that. It totally makes sense that it does not “go with” your stated intentions. But the world is big and there’s room for everything. The big tent and all that.
        I think it’s a really interesting struggle, one that probably most people do not wrestle with, and if/when you come to a more comfortable place with the discrepancy, you will have done something very creative inside your head. This is the kind of work that defines an artist.
        I’m glad you came back to this – I’d forgotten – because it IS so interesting. Our struggles define us in good ways, as much as we may bemoan them (trying to convince myself!).

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        February 23, 2022 at 11:19 AM

        • ICM is experimental and fun and transgressive to me. I hope you’re right about the struggles defining us in good ways. I should be well defined in a good way pretty soon.

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          February 23, 2022 at 7:32 PM

          • 🙂 It’s complicated and I can see where it can feel “both/and.” Let’s stay with this idea that the struggles cause us to grow, if it’s wrong, that’s OK and if it’s right then yes, you’re getting very well defined. 😉

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            February 23, 2022 at 7:44 PM

  8. These are such gorgeous images, Linda. And so colorful, so soft. though I quite like #10s structure, and as usual, your judicious use of non-traditional form-factors.

    Wavelengths……I have been delving again into ICM as well….well, I was for a bit in October/November and it has been much on my mind lately. And Alan’s world is always a place of welcoming light, indeed.
    I always seem to think of ICM as an outdoor activity…..curious… have inspired me to look (and move!) about indoors…..

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    January 1, 2021 at 2:14 AM

    • I’m sorry, Johnny, that I never replied to this comment until today—more than two years later. Thank you for your kind words. Have you played with ICM indoors—or outdoors—lately? I keep meaning to get back to it, but the real world keeps seducing me.

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      February 23, 2022 at 11:02 AM

  9. ag

    I don’t recall ever seeing your link to my blog, Linda, until just now (more than 2 years later!) If you thought I was an ungrateful jerk in the interim, you would have had every reason to believe so. I apologize for taking this long to thank you, but happy to know you thought enough of my work to mention it. Just hope this was the only time I ignored your graciousness, and regret that it happened at all.

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    February 23, 2022 at 2:58 AM

    • I never thought you were an ungrateful jerk, Alan! No apology necessary. Glad you were happy about the link. Uh, and thanks for bringing me back to this post. I see that I never responded to Lynn’s comment! I’ll do that now.


      February 23, 2022 at 10:26 AM

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