Why photograph the most colorful season in black and white? To challenge what I see and what I think I know, to see the shapes and details and the compositions, leaving me with textures and patterns that are the foundations of my compositions. The colorful leaves and amber sun, all the comforting warm tones, change to values of gray in black and white, but the light…the light is still that distinctive angle, nearly horizontal sometimes, highlighting details you might not notice in any other season. And this was black and white film, because there is nothing like black and white film, with lenses and filters, not digital shots with effects, so it was even more challenging than the immediate reassurance of checking the little display on my digital camera.
I found a box of black and white photos that I knew had existed but had been separated from the rest. They are from 2004 to 2006, so not terribly vintage, but because black and white processing became more and more difficult during those years I had to wait to see my photos. I found local film developers who would still do a few rolls and took several at once, then tucked them all together in a box and in my studio. Over the course of those three years, just before I bought my DSLR but still had a halfway decent Olympus digital, I went out to the garden, to my neighborhood, and to the trails with a roll or two of black and white film in October or November.
Of course, there are cats on each roll too, and watching them enjoy their sunbaths works with color or without. Moses was always hard to resist on her bricks, and of course she works just fine in black and white. And I so enjoyed exploring Stanley at the end of his life when he was so much more relaxed. I think I’ll be featuring this theme over the next two weeks as well, and we’ll see Moses on her bricks and Stanley on the deck, Namir and Sophie in morning sunlight and watching me from the front door as the leaves fall and the sun changes from soft to stark as November comes near.
Above are all the feline photos, below the flowers and vegetables. To save time I scanned them in groups and left most of them that way, pulling a few favorites to feature; there were others on this roll too. I have so many photos I will never be able to do anything with most of them but share them now and then, but at least I can do that, and I hope you enjoy them.
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One of my favorite photos of Stanley from August 2006, it was his last summer with me, he was about 24 years old, needing a little supportive care but still enjoying his time outdoors with me and every moment of every day besides that. Read more, and purchase.
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