Posts Tagged ‘Varanasi’

Colour or Black and White?

Its that moment when you are looking at the photos you have taken and you can see that they would look pretty cool as black and whites but does it really convey what you were trying to “say” when you took the photo?

I have this dilemma quite often.  I looooove black and white!  It reminds me of the original photography masters and a time when there was no choice.  You composed and saw your photo as black and white – end of story.  There are some interesting takes on why black and white is better or vice-versa; black and white indicates the recording of a historical event, whereas colour represents the contemporary, black and white also traditionally makes a photo “moodier” making it better for low light work, whereas colour is best for bright, sunny days and studio work, although the flip side to this last statement is that black and white can hide an over-exposed sky on a sunny day.

It is always going to be a debate.  Like Nikon vs Canon, Film vs Digital.  There is really no right or wrong answer as long as the work conveys what you wanted it to convey.  Thus reaching my current dilemma.

For a couple of years now, I have been working on a personal piece that I have not yet released.  Without going into too much detail (I could tell you but then I would have to kill you!!!), the premise behind it is based on mood and state of mind.  Now with this being said you would think that most of the photos would be black and white.  Surprisingly though, they aren’t.  In a lot of cases (not all) they are overly saturated bright colours, all are in colour and what may be even more surprising is the fact that all of the photos in this series have been taken at night.  That strikes out a couple of the arguments for black and white above!!

Last night I was going through some photos that I recently took in Varanasi, India, that may be included in the series.  Unfortunately, depending on the way you look at it, I think a couple of the photos look great as black and white which was not the purpose for which I took the photos.  Heres a couple of examples;











I quite like both the colour and the black and white versions for different reasons.  The colour does fit the bill as far as my project goes but somehow the black and white feels a little more powerful and eery.  The way I see it I have a couple of choices – keep them colour and consider them for my personal project or change my reasons/purpose for taking them in the first place and keep them singular.

Tell me your thoughts?  Do you have this trouble as well?  I’m not sure what I am going to do with them just yet…..maybe I’ll just have to sit on the decision for a while 😉


Movie Set…….What Movie Set???

Loooong time between drinks on posts!!  I am back in Australia after 3months away and I will get to that adventure soon.  I have finally gotten a chance to go through some of the photos I have taken, albeit at 1.25am on a Tuesday morning and I came across this one.

There are photos when you travel that you know you will look back on in years to come and feel very connected with the time and place that you took it.  This story is about one of those photos.  I’m a sucker for animals, baby animals especially and in Varanasi, India there are plenty of them around.  At this point in my trip I was travelling with fellow photographer Karina Holland.  It is said that it is best to travel with another photographer when abroad because they understand your need to stop and snap away.  Let me tell you, I think Karina was nearly at her wits end with my animal infatuation!!!

We had headed down to the main ghat area in Varanasi which has the famous Ganges River running along the edges.  There were people everywhere – crowds upon crowds of people indicating that there was something going on.  Despite the crowds and the normal human desire to “rubberneck”, all I saw were these three little puppies on the steps below.  Channelling my inner Alex Cearns, of course I started to photograph them.  Couldn’t resist!

Next thing I realised, Karina was nearby laughing and photographing me photographing the puppies.  I couldn’t quite figure out why she was doing this, let alone laughing at me – I mean after all I had previously stopped at every other puppy along the way to no laughing.  For the first time since arriving at the location I took my eye away from the camera eyepiece and took note of what was going on around me.

No more than 100-200 meters away were massive movie lights, reflectors, clapper boards, make-up artists and the like running around.  The crowds had formed due to what appeared to be the filming of a fairly significant Bollywood Movie.  Karina was laughing at me because I had chosen to photograph these cute little puppies over a Bollywood movie set!  I guess I kinda see her point but in my defence I think my puppy photo is cuter!

Karina, if you read this and you are game, send me through the photo of me taking the photo and I will complete this picture 😉