Finding a Home in a World Without Colour

I’ve been taking photographs for about 14 years now, first with cheap film cameras, then with hideously priced early digital ‘point and shoots,’ next a bridge camera, a mid-level crop sensor DSLR and then finally a full-frame DSLR.

Tower-Bridge-1
Tower Bridge, London, England
WWII-Museum-Gdansk
Museum of the Second World War, Gdansk, Poland
Mull-of-Kintyre
Mull of Kintyre, Scotland

As I’ve progressed, changed interests and got older, I’ve wondered when I’d find a style. My subjects and final results never seemed to have any real consistency; no recognisable thing that says I took this.

Phone-booths-in-station
Underground station, London, England
Flower-Shop
Florist, Gdansk Poland
Overgrown-Park
Park, Gdansk, Poland

As time’s passed, I’ve flirted with black and white (as most photographers do), but then drifted back to the full-saturation, dramatic landscapes I know and love.

 

Tempelhof-Airport
Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, Germany
Tempelhof-Airport-2
Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, Germany
Vending-Machine
Ostkreuz Station, Berlin, Germany

Still, I kept coming back…

I’ve noticed over the last couple of years (and certainly the last year or so) that I’m really drawn to heavy dramatic blacks and bright whites.

Power-Lines
Mull of Kintyre, Scotland
Bridge-and-chimney
Gdansk, Poland
The-Path-Ahead-V2
Hamsterley Forest, England

I started to shoot with the aim of editing this way, deliberately underexposing and thinking about what might look good in black and white.

Buckingham-Palace
Buckingham Palace, London, England
Cabin-in-the-Woods-New
Cabin in the Woods, Hamsterley Forest, England
Eeilan-Donan-Black-and-White
Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

The images in this blog are from the last couple of years or so and I can definitely see a ‘style’ here. I’m not obsessed about having one and I’ll never force it, but it’s nice to be able to look at a selection of images and think, oh yeah, I can see the same person took/edited these photographs.

While I’ll still continue to take colourful sunsets, blue lakes and bright mountains, in black and white, I’ve found somewhere I’m comfortable. Better than that, it’s another avenue of photography that I can get really excited about – it’s made me want to pick up my camera  more often again.

If you’re a photographer, have you found your ‘style’?

If you’re a viewer, are there any particular ‘styles’ you favour?

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7 thoughts on “Finding a Home in a World Without Colour

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    1. Thank you – yeah there’s just something about them that really appeals. It’s weird though, that style seems to be more popular with photographers than people who say, just enjoy looking at pictures. Just followed your blog, so looking forward to reading your posts. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

    1. Thanks! I usually edit my photographs in Adobe Camera RAW, then a mixture of Photoshop and the Nik Collection.

      We didn’t get that far! That storm you can see in the distance on the pictures started to come inland so we made a dash back to the car.

      1. Ha, yeah I bet it can – just looking down on it was dizzying! Can’t complain too much, the storm made for interesting skies and it was getting towards the end of the day anyway so we needed to head back, but it was still worth doing; beautiful place.

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