Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Wonderful World Of Color!

If you'd told me this January that I'd be posting a page of color photographs on my website this spring, I woulda told ya you had a few pixels missing. Cornball jokes aside, in the midst of restoring 40 years of B&W, this was not even a possibility, let alone a consideration- or is that the other way around? Regardless, life is funny sometimes. 

True, last year I did take a few color photos, but that was with full intention of converting to B&W. And it's not just about color, it's about trying to capture those things I've been passing up for many a year with a new medium, a new manner of shooting and a focal length (28mm equivalent) that I haven't used regularly since my twenties. The website photos are people-centric, but I'm enjoying "other stuff" as well, serious or not. I've accustomed myself to seeing the world in a certain way photographically- literally through a certain lens. Not necessarily a bad thing, it helps select and organize the wheat from the chaff, but it can also limit and restrict what and how you see. Even at my age, it does a guy good to: 1) Stop, 2) shake shit around, 3) see what falls out. In that order. Or maybe, I was just waiting for the right tool, or the right excuse- just hope I didn't wait too long...


El Pendejo Donald     Photo: © S. Banos

4 comments:

Raghavendra Udupa said...

Nice to see you shooting and enjoying color. Ricoh GR is indeed a game changer Stan. :)

Stan B. said...

Certainly seems it!

Eric Rose said...

A true craftsman can speak in many languages, your proving that. Love your colour work. BTW Ansel's colour work SUCKED big time. At least everything I have seen so far.

Stan B. said...

Craftsman I definitely ain't, but thanks none the less. Half my photo books are color- really do like the stuff (despite my decades old B&W bias), so glad to see some of it has rubbed off in some positive manner. The past two weeks, a combination of weather and lousy luck has suspended my initial "success," but then, that's just how it goes at times... The more luck ya get, the greedier one becomes!

Unlike Ansel, it was quite the surprise to discover how good Alec Soth's B&W is, in ways his color doesn't even touch.