So, today, me and Juliette went to the New England Aquarium, and I’m confident in saying that it was one of the best adventures I’ve had in such a long time. I set a mental challenge to photograph the aquarium entirely in black and white, and I am quite happy that I did.
Black and white photography is an art form that I am still getting the hang of, but in a place like the aquarium, where the entire aesthetic is defined by a cool (greens/blues) pallet, black and white seems like an odd way to cover such a defined space. In the beginning, I was very scared of black and white, for the main reason that it seemed so far from the current reality of any scene that I was photographing. Black and white was old, a reminder of a lost time, with color being current and trending.
However, as my photography evolved and my attitudes towards photographing a scene changed, I found myself going back to black and white, on the grounds that color was so subjective and it determined the mood of the photograph so much more than the subtle details that made a shot interesting. Black and white eliminated all of that, focusing on the scene as it really was, paying attention to the detail and the mood of an expression or moment with such crystal clear clarity.
So, with a change in attitude, I shot the aquarium in black and white, and I can confidently say that this has to be one of my favorite photo-sets that I have ever shot and edited. I took the time, constructed each shot, changed the aperture and focus as neccesarry, with really telling results.
Ugh. I meant to go home this weekend to chill with the fam, but guess who has a giant 2 day midterm monday and wednesday? Had to study, and as the first grade of the entire semester, this is kinda important, if you know what I mean.
But, I did have some time to sporadically shoot humans (santi) while I was working on an outline for my exam and some campus shots when i walked to make tea. I also caught some geese flying over the church on a morning walk (comment if you can see them, its a bit faint, but they are there!), which was probably one of the best timed photos ive taken ever.
Kinda nailed the aesthetic though, and was just proud of the unedited raw photos as I was with the edited photos.
So, i know its been a while since I have posted last! The holidays are such an exciting time, and ive finally found some more time to journal and experiment with pages related to art and photography, which is super super awesome.
So, here are some of the pages ive done since last time 🙂