Starting in Black & White

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05/16/09

Not having made a photograph with intent for many years, I don’t know what I will be photographing. Everything is open to me now and I can explore what Gary Winogrand once said when asked why he made photographs. “I photograph to see what things look like photographed”.

I had been reading about the Canon G10 and thought it would be a good starter camera for me. With a price of around $400 and 15 million pixel resolution, along with the ability to record in the Raw format, it made the whole process more like doing my old Darkroom work.


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Black and White mode was what I would work with at first, and leave the camera in the manual mode so I would have to get back in touch with f stops and shutter speeds.

Even back in the days when I walked with a 4×5 camera and tripod over my shoulder, I was never able to see a photo in Black & White. I worked on pre-visualizing what a scene might look like in B & W, but was never truly able to see this until I processed and printed the negative. Now, with a digital camera I can set my LCD screen to B & W to get a better idea of what the final image could be. What a revelation!

For me at times colors can obscure what is really there – getting seduced by the play of light on different hues and colors. B & W strips away all the glamour and spirit can be revealed.