Written by Ctein
First, a Short Public Service Announcement.
By now, all of you who ordered Kate Kirkwood prints should have received them (with the possible exception of a few international orders). If you have not yet received your print order, regardless of where you live, please e-mail me (email@example.com) so I can pay special attention to the tracking on those orders.
If I don't hear from you, I'm going to assume you received your order and it was in good shape and you are happy with the print.
So… you know those two black-and-white photographs I posted a few days back? They're not isolated cases. Since the beginning of last year, despite the insanity of my recent life, I've added 50-odd photographs to my portfolio. (No, they are not up on my website; I haven't had enough time to do everything else and update that. Real Soon Now.)
Two-thirds of those photographs are black and white.
Since the beginning of this year, 80% of what I've printed has been black and white.
I haven't done that much black and white work, relative to the color, in over 40 years. For the past two decades, up until very recently, my work (film and digital) has been between 95% and 100% color. It wasn't part of some strategy, it was simply that whenever I would decide to go out photographing my muse would be strongly, almost universally, inclined to choose color over black-and-white.
Something is different. The numbers have grown to be more than a statistical fluke. It might be passing fad or fancy. It might be because I find black and white easier and more relaxing to print than color, and I have been overworked and exhausted for too much of the past couple of years. It might be that I am totally infatuated with infrared black and white, but that like most infatuations, it will pass. It might be true love, a genuine secular change in artistic direction for me.
Honestly, I don't know. Mind you, I don't really need to know. I will find out in due time.
(I do find some modest amusement in the notion that, given the several left turns my life has taken of late, in 10 years people might be saying, “Oh yeah, Ctein. The novelist. He does B&W photography too, you know. … didn't he used to do color or something?”)
So, what's new and different in your life, of late?
(**Thank You, Bugs Bunny)
Ctein, TOP Technical Editor
(who is posting on-and-off while Mike's nomadic)
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