Initially, I was a bit worried knowing that color would be absent in these photos. After a few more seconds of thought, my worries faded.
It was cloudy. The temperature was in the high sixties (fahrenheit) with light humidity and light wind. The day served as a perfect transition from Winter to Spring. Capturing the aftermath of this graduation ceremony was peaceful. It was a beautiful coming of age event that featured a lot of happiness, goodbyes and sorrow. Attendees can hopefully look at these photos as well as the photos they captured at some point in the distant future and feel a warm sense of satisfaction and comfort.
Film photography has its own unique attractiveness that appeals to so many photographers. For starters, a film roll has a fixed number of possible exposures. Each exposure counts! The inability to immediately view a photo after having captured it makes each image more valuable compared to an image captured with a DSLR camera. At least, the images should feel more valuable. Some say that these limitations, in addition to the expense of the film roll and developing process, force the artist to strive to make the most out of the photography experience, as more attention can be given to thinking about composition, storytelling, living in the moment…
Winter is the best season to capture black and white photos. Thick and thin sheets of snow allow the contrast between light and dark to pop. Subjects that may seem dull can be uplifted to stand out in powerful ways. Photos featuring people, animals, houses and small objects that are isolated by vast, snowy landscapes are peaceful to look at for long periods of time. These scenes can remind photographers and viewers of the grand possibilities of adventure and the restorative effects of solitude. Winter 2022 can’t come soon enough for photographers and other visual artists!
The color in Tosa is emerging as Spring begins. The cherry blossoms are blooming! Pink petals swirl in the wind and create blossom blizzards. These photos will be my last black and white photos for a little while, as I transition back into color photography to capture the Spring season!
*The photos were captured using a roll of Ilford’s HP5 Plus and a roll of Kodak’s 400 TX.