Part of the reality of The Life Creative is that the other parts of our lives get in the way. I’ll talk some more about that in the future. In the meantime, I took advantage of a day off and set out with my camera. I don’t get as many photo days as I’d like, so a warm, sunny day in February was not to be wasted!
Recently, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) had a show of photographer Ansel Adams. Adams’s style fascinates me. The vision, the technical prowess, even the use of black and white. Black and white film was the realm of the student photographer when I began. Because I didn’t have access to a darkroom, I skipped that step and moved directly to color film. The first time I saw the iconic images from Yosemite, I was caught. So when I planned my latest excursion, I decided to take that inspiration with me. I don’t have anything as dramatic as Yosemite to shoot, but I could change my usual approach and go black and white.
So, black and white urbanscapes of parts of the Fan, and Jackson Ward in Richmond was the plan. Here’s some of what I got. None of these have been manipulated (yet, lol!). Without a darkroom, I learned to do as much manipulation as possible “in the camera”. (All images are copyright 2022 by Jay Phillippi)
I shot for about 3 hours, taking 80+ shots. One of the great advantages of digital photography is that there is no limit to the number of pictures you can take. With film, I might have a couple rolls which meant I had to be much more selective about hitting the shutter release. I still struggle with that mindset at times!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the photos. How do you challenge yourself in your own creativity?