It’s a funny thing, I suppose, but light is such a tactile phenomenon, despite the fact that you can’t actually touch it. As you may have noticed, quite a lot of my images, although certainly not all, are black and white.
I like colour a lot, but it gets in the way – lots of incredible literature has been penned about this, see the works of Michael Freeman, for example, so I won’t go into detail here, but much more of what I look for when out with the camera, is texture, I feel it can be such a powerful component in an image. For example, look at this image of a swan:
Granted it’s an unusual photograph of a swan, I’ll talk about that elsewhere, but look at those textures! The water looks so thick, like a cold liquid metal that would move so slowly through your fingers, the soft fine detail of the feathers on the bird’s back and then those round smooth droplets of water. This image makes you almost literally feel these different textures and to me, that is hugely powerful.
The key here was two-fold, sitting down on the ground let me get close to the swan and crucially made sure I wasn’t looking down on it, the image wouldn’t work with an overhead view point. Secondly is the shutter speed – it was a bright day which worked in my favour and allowed me to freeze the water, making it look so viscous – see around the swan’s neck where the water hasn’t flowed back yet?
I am going to hang this on my wall…