In 2009 I was still a firm believer that black & white photography was the only elegant or stunning form of photography. I do not believe this to be the case anymore. However, the result is that these photos were taken in black & white and I do not have any files in colour. At this point in my photography journey it saddens me a little that I can’t look back on the colour that was present at the time of taking these photos. Although, I continue to take pride in the pictures that follow. I took these in the Beaches of Toronto.
My vision is to use this tool to share the inspiration behind my photographs; perhaps my intention or background information to help you understand where I am coming from. In a way, I also want to use this forum to track my thoughts and help me to remember my journey as an artist.
To begin, my journey as a photographer started 14 years ago. I spent a lot of time examining black and white photography and decided to take a crack at it myself. My father gave me his old camera, a Minolta 35mm from the 1980s. I am not quite sure of the model–to tell the truth, I wish I still had the camera that started my journey into the art of photography.
I played with light, time, and space using film. It was a lot of trial and error. I found that I would love about one picture per roll of film, but I continued to experiment.
As part of a Chemistry class assignment in High School I decided to do a project on the process of developing photographs. I created my own pin hole camera and developed photographs on black and white photo paper. I found my appreciation for processes of the past deepen, and my interest in playing with current technologies questionable.
Around 2000 I wasn’t sure if I wanted to leave my 35mm camera and go for digital. Would it still be photography? Would the quality be the same? Would I still be in control; be the artist?
Obviously, you will see the result of this inner debate throughout my posts.
One of my first pictures I was proud to say I took:
It is a scanned copy (scanned in 2000) of a photograph, explains the quality.