When I was at college, I favoured photographers who used black and white techniques – I found that more emotion could be contained within the confines of the limited tonal system. Of course, I had to “do” colour photography as part of the course and I enjoyed some aspects of it very much but my soul was in black and white and to some extent even today, I tend to be drawn more to black and white photography. These days, I mostly use colour because on a more commercial level, I feel more people identify with it, especially with landscapes and nature photography… I guess that means I’m selling out 🙂
During my course, I discovered the colour work of people like Elliot Porter & Ernst Haas and fell in love with the idea that it was enough for colour itself to be the subject of the photograph. It’s interesting to see that there is an increase in the use of retro photography techniques with the numbers of people using apps like Instagram & Hipstamatic on the increase. Personally I like these apps, the quality and clarity of the photograph generally suffers but the process supports the notion that it’s enough for the colour and to some extent, shape and form to be the subject.
Last Saturday I went to a local market in Cabo de Gata, the sun was shining although it wasn’t particularly all that warm but the colours of everything were amazing to behold. The market was nothing special, just regular food & clothing stalls together with the hustle & bustle that you would expect at such places.