Notes On Attention Paid

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20210613.03 B&W/Color

… i have been trying to leave photographs in color, but i am not satisfied for long… black and white seems to appeal way more than color… i am trying to figure out what it is that makes it so appealing to me… there is an instant nostalgia, there was a time when B&W was almost all you could do for a photograph, but there is color nostalgia too, the way a certain film, now filter, impacts the perception of a photograph… perhaps to me, B&W is an acknowledgement that this isn’t the real thing, not even a facsimile of the present thing… the second an image is made its own moment and the moment of the subject begins receding into the past… i was once accused of being a romantic, maybe B&W fits with my so called romantic point of view… then i think, color could do that too…

… there are photographers i am aware of and admire that only make B&W photographs, Robert Adams, Gerry Johansson… they are an older generation of photographers… they don’t make pictures of people very much… landscapes, streetscapes, mostly… me too… largely i am too shy to photograph people, it makes me uncomfortable, i stick to the evidence of people…