As some of you know, I’ve been working on color photography lately. (Gasp!) I am still doing my black & white photography and shooting film with my medium and large format cameras, but color has caught my eye again.
My color work has been strictly digital (even tho I have a freezer full of 120 and 4×5 transparency film.) The straight color digital photos have been nice, but lacking the feel I’m looking for, so I took a different approach. The Pictorialism movement from the late 19th Century and early 20th Century has always been an influence of mine and for this series I’ve taken a modern approach to what I consider Pictorialism.
There is no standard definition of the term, but in general it refers to a style in which the photographer has somehow manipulated what would otherwise be a straightforward photograph as a means of “creating” an image rather than simply recording it.
In the early days of photography artists used the tools and methods available to them at the time to create photographs which went beyond the mere “truth” of the image to tell a different story. Today we often use digital imaging tools such as Photoshop as opposed to the manual methods of days gone by. (Although with my black & white work I do use historic methods to achieve a more dream-like feel to my images.)
With my color work I seek to create a dream-like feel with the imagery. Textured layers, muted colors, foggy atmospheres all may help take the viewer to a more relaxed place.
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