Spring is here and the landscape is transforming from a monochromatic palette to one that is bursting with color.
I was upstate in the Catskill mountains this past weekend and naturally being further north, spring is a bit behind in blooming. The landscape reminded me of the paintings of Andrew Wyeth. Some of his landscapes depicted houses nestled in the snow with a sky to match the minimal color of the ground. Shades of gray, whites and browns all capturing the sublime beauty of the quite country. For two of the days I was there, the weather was cloudy and rainy so I tried to capture the subtly of old stone homes against the gray sometimes white sky with tree limbs still bare. Being influenced by the thought of Andrew Wyeth, I enjoyed trying to capture the subtle beauty that others may look at as being dreary.
The day I travelled home the sun was out without a cloud in the sky and although some of the green grass seemed to have jolted to life, there was a subtle beauty that was missing, at least, in my eyes. It reminded me of when I would take a certain photograph in color and then revert it into black and white. There is a very different story to be told. Of course, this doesn’t apply to all photographs but there is something that happens when you look at a photo that is black and white or one with minimal color. For me, it allows another set of senses to be recognized. The shapes of negative and positive spaces seem to rely on each other more, shaping the mood of the subject that is being photographed. It reduces the image to a pure form for the viewer, allowing the story to communicate the subtleties of the image that may otherwise be delayed if there were a bombardment of color.
Again, this obviously does not apply to all photographs, but it is something I think about more when I am shooting. I am happy to see all of nature’s color bursting into life! I appreciate the endless array of colors that are constantly changing with light. I hope this spring brings with it a new way to see and breathe new life and inspiration into your photographs, with or without color.