The Pep Ventosa Technique
Pep Ventosa is a Catalan photographer known as a contemporary impressionist.
The Pep Ventosa photography technique is new creative way of seeing and depicting the flow of time with your camera. Often it is referred to as a sketching technique due to the type of image it produces. It doesn’t matter what type of camera you use or how fancy a lens you have. With the Pep Ventosa photography technique, it’s all about what images you take and what you do with the images you’ve taken.
Pep Ventosa shoots an object doing a 360-degree circle and aptly named the technique ‘In the Round’. He walks around an object like a tree or a lamp post taking shots at the same height every couple of feet until he’s gone full circle. The beauty of his images is then created in an image software program as he stacks the images and blends them together. When shooting a tree, lamp post or something similar using this technique you must try to keep the subject in the same part of the viewfinder as you move around it.
Each image is stacked about 50% transparency but it is possible to reveal a very focused part of the image in some of the layers with a lower transparency or repeat a layer.
Adapting the Technique
It is essential to adapt the Pep Ventosa photography technique for each specific subject. So if he’s photographing a bridge, building, or an old car he will go along the length of the subject photographing every few steps rather than around 360 degrees.
There’s lots of trial and error. You need to carefully choose your subject. As always the rules of good design and composition apply, regardless of your multiple exposure technique.
A strong visual subject and composition is required for this technique. It’s also best to use a wider lens (11- 50 mm approx) so that you can get up close to your subject.
Sample images HERE