Black and White – Talk Story
By its nature, the bones of a black and white photograph and its inherent void of color, draws the viewer to inspect the rich tones, textures and mood of the image. My first love, black and white photography, has taught me to see and capture intriguing patterns and vivid contrasts of light and dark. As a color photographer, I still see subjects in black and white as I compose the shot.
Early on, I was exposed to Ansel Adams’ zone system, a process which assists the photographer in visualizing the relationship between the subject and the final result. Adams was always thinking about how he would process both the negative and the final print as he prepared to photograph his subject. This process of visualization or seeing the image from start to finish has helped me time and time again.
There is no doubt in my mind that Ansel would have loved digital photography, which provides the photographer with the ability to provide a stylized depiction representing what the photographer, as an artist, wants you to see.