I have been working on a project at uni looking at colour photography. I have learnt a lot this semester, almost overloaded, but in a way that I don’t stress about, in a way that makes me thirst for more.
I wish I did some mirror like this on film, I am surprised at how much I like the composition of these.
Experimenting with colour initially had me thinking ‘bright colours’, vibrant all the way. However as I started to analyse photographs even more, I started looking at colour photographs that weren’t about the vibrancy. A few weeks ago a classmate recommended an artist by the name of Ernst Haas who was a leading colour photographer. I went away and researched his work and became enthralled with his colour photographs, not because they were vibrant and attention grabbing, but because he treats colour differently from other photographers. It is incredibly subtle.
This photograph captured my attention with its soft tones of beautiful colour. I want to start experimenting with this approach to colour, looking at colour itself as opposed to colour as a tool to accentuate another feature within the frame.
And now to leave you with a quote that has struck a chord with the photographer in me.
“Bored with obvious reality, I find fascination in transforming it into a subjective point of view. Without touching my subject I want to come to the moment when, through pure concentration of seeing, the composed picture becomes more made than taken. Without a descriptive caption to justify its existance, it will speak for itself – less descriptive, more creative; less informative, more suggestive- less prose, more poetry.”
– Ernst Haas 1961