I have always loved black and white photography. From an early age, it caught my attention and I remember the first prints I ever hung on a wall was by the great Ansel Adams.
There is just something about the lack of color, drawing more attention to the subject, and the contrast in an image that makes me keep staring at the photo. There’s a timeless feel that keeps me engaged.
I think the consistent use of low-key lighting in my still photography today is driven by my likeness to dark contrast in imagery. Something black and white often exposes.
We all have our influences and it often takes time to figure out what our style is based on life’s inputs. I have tried to figure that out over the last four years and just this last week I had an epiphany.
Why am I not exploring more black and white photography? Why am I not chasing after a style I love and developing my niche in the world of no color? Why. why, why?
So, I have decided that I am going to make a commitment to this genre and I will say that it feels like the perfect fit. I am super excited to push myself beyond just turning a photo into black and white during post processing. Black and white photography is more than that. Like all other genres, you need to see the shot before you capture it. The composition, the contrast, the shadows and highlights.
This genre is not for everyone and I will shoot color when needed and when I feel the image needs it. However, you will begin to see a change it how I explore my world with a a camera in 2019 and I am super excited to reach a place where my authentic expression may begin.
So, what is it you need to explore deeper next year to find your authentic expression as an artist?
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Portrait photographer based out of Hamilton, Ohio. When not photographing people to help tell their story, I spend my time bringing my imagination to life and doing things I have never done before.
Imagine. Capture. Create.