Shoot 2, “Concepts”
Shoot 2, “Concepts”
Shoot 1, “Concepts”
For those of you wondering, yes, we are ok. Thank you for your thoughts.
Today was a day of experimentation, shot some water based photography, some self portraits, and went outside after it finished snowing. It felt good to wade through snow that reached my thigh, leaping like a puppy seeing snow for the first time (yes there are tracks to prove it).
Also continuing is my experimentation with black and white photography — which has definitely gotten me excited about photography again.
Ah, the aquarium.
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.
Edited on Lightroom.
The adventures with lightroom continues!
So today, I made a concentrated effort to develop a preset that emulates the look of black and white film, and for the most part, I think I achieved the look I wanted. Creating this preset reminded me how much I love everything about black and white photography.
For me, it really forces you to reconstruct the color behind the scene, for black and white photography as well as editing leaves the color behind (obviously) and focuses on the stark details and richness of the moment. It allows you to dive deep into the details of the scene, rather than being preoccupied with the color of the scene, creating a stronger connection with the photograph itself.
I applied this preset to a collection of aquarium photographs that I shot over last year to show the versatility, beauty, and strength of black and white in everyday circumstances.
So, me and Santi have been doing photography experiments together, and today was the third one. We shot at night in an abandoned space about 10 minutes from campus. Literally hes one of the best people ever and I love him so much as a friend and as a human being.
So, we shot mostly in black and white, experimenting with flash and long exposure photography, and just talking about pretty much everything, from being social to just figuring how to be the most real versions of ourselves.
“3 am is the hour of writers, painters, poets, silent thinkers, and creative people. we all know who you are, we see your light on, keep keeping on”
God, it feels good to be at home. Honestly, i couldnt have asked for a better day — it rained, my neighborhood was clouded with the mist and humidity — simply perfect weather.
I also got batteries for an old film camera my uncle gave me about 5 or 6 years ago and I finally got it to work, and its so exciting to open up a new world in photography guys [this basically means that Clark watch out — film is comming].
Met an old friend today, after a while. My neighbors cat, Max [at least thats what ive called him for 10 years] and I have always been close, becoming increasingly close over the last year since ive been in college and not been able to see him as often as i would like to. I was photographing in my backyard when I saw him napping on a black and white couch, and I called his name, out of excitement. He ran over, jumped on the cement ledge, and since my hand was on his side of the fence [he is on my neighbors side, and im on my side] and touched my hand with his paw. I dont know, moments like that dont happen often, and i felt so humbled by the experience [ i didnt capture this on camera since it was so organic and wonderful].
But I shot some portraits of him.
First off, yes that is my sister as the featured image.
Strange. I never thought my photography journey would bring me to the point where i acutally identify myself as a photographer. Honestly, my camera is with me 24/7 and I dont think I would have it any other way.
My photographs inform the way i look at the world, through no praticular filter. Im noticing a clear motif in my style — i love organic. Organic moments that is. Nothing staged — just simple, emotive photography. Also tending to gravitate towards more analog style editing to give it that nostalgic, grainy look that was so classic and beautiful. Black and white is also making a comeback in my style, both in the raw setting and in post editing.
But I shot some photos in a cafe when I was doing HW with the sister for 2 hours that kinda clearly shows where im at.