Ok so as with most photographers I like to give myself projects to shoot, themes to explore, yada yada yada. But most of the time the minute I label something a project I stop shooting for it or find myself unable to figure out how to proceed. Or just as often I decide to shoot a project with someone who them moves away or something. Sometimes the idea are great but just don't reflect my "vision" so I decide to let them go. This image is representative of an idea I have been thinking about for some time, but I am hoping to just keep shooting it and see if it evolves into something. Maybe if I don't define it publicly something will actually come from it. Feel free to tell me what this image says to you, it may help me refine my idea.
As the title suggests I do not generally shoot in color, even when I pick up a digital camera I usually end up converting the images to black&white at some point during post. I've always just figured some photographers shoot color and some shoot B&W, no big deal. After having been in a creative slump, one that I'm still not really out of, I decided to pack mostly color film on my recent vaccay to mix things up a bit.
I have managed to get all of the color film developed and scanned (I still have 3 rolls of B&W to develop). So here is the first image I started working on. The focus is softer than I usually like (even for a Holga). I should note that I took a relatively new Holga and obviously had done a piss poor job of making it light leak proof...but hey embrace the blur and light leaks right? That's what toy camera photography is all about right? Anyway, while this is not the best image I've ever made it's one of those that I like in spite of all it's flaws and I decided to work on it first.
So for shits and giggles I decided to convert it to B&W and see if I'd like it better and wouldn't you know it, I do....sigh. The whole point of shooting with color film was to try and convince myself that I liked it. I can't say I don't like the color version, it's actually makes for a much different image if you ask me. Anyway if you have any opinions other than "that image sucks!" feel free to weigh in with which one you like better and why.
Here is another image from Lindsay and my Rebel Riders weekend jaunt through DC. For those of you reading this blog but who don't really know me, Rebel Riders is a bike club Lindsay and I started up for the hell of it. Basically I floated the idea and she made it happen. We are a small group of non-competitive cyclists who combine our love for bikes, beers, and service all into one fun group.
Back to the weekend ride, for some reason the fixie's wanted to demonstrate outside of the Supreme Court. I have no idea either...
So I have finally finished scanning a ton of images from my recent trips to San Fransisco and Boulder, as well as some images from the Rebel Riders weekly happy hour rides. I still have 3 rolls of B&W to develop and scan, but at least I should have enough material to work on that I should be able to start showing new images more often around here. At least that is the plan as long as I can find the time these days to work on the images.
So this latest image was from a Rebel Rider weekend ride. Lindsay and I just got on our Fixie's one weekend and decided to pedal our way through DC with no specific destination in mind. We found ourselves riding along the south Waterfront just past the Maine avenue fish market (which by the way is a great place to grab a bite to eat!). We are on a pretty bumpy part of the path and I am concentrating on the surface when Lindsay rides up to me and says "I'll never let you go, Jack!" Being oblivious I just assume she's gone mental. She then points out this odd statue up ahead and tells me it reminded her of the movie Titanic. I continue to look at her, now fully convinced she is mental. She pedals off ahead and starts bawling, when I reach the statue I discover why....it happens to be a memorial for...wait for it...yup you guessed it, the Titanic. What the hell a Titanic memorial is doing along the Potomac river in DC is beyond me, but it was obvious photo documentation would be required.