1137 – Style & Substance
For those that might be interested, I’m gradually shifting my style to be more impressionist and less literal, especially in my work with music and jazz. I’ve been looking at photos of musicians for decades, mine and a host of others, and frankly – I sometimes get to the point where another shot of a trumpet under contrasty purple light is about as interesting as yet another shot of a plump sparrow sitting on a branch in the morning light. It’s been done to death. It tells me nothing and worse, if it is mine – it says I have nothing new to say.
I totally reject that idea.
I have been experimenting with this change, little by little, for months. If you follow my work, you’ve seen impressionist-style work in almost every set. My aim now is to make it more of a statement, both of what I do and the subjects I take photos of.
As an example I submit, “Thoughtful” from post 1138, coming today. It is the product of some time spent on developing a style in a program that allows me to use tools and techniques not available in Lightroom, my usual editing tool, as well as to save styles that I can use to set as a base to build on repeatedly. This particular style gives the photo a line and stipple look that for some subjects can be quite interesting.
Another point that has also been evolving has been the presentation of my photos. I’ve found a bit of success offering them as “grandes” – large, canvas-wraps on board. These are printed on art canvas and because they are mounted on board with a framework behind them – they are very stable and good for many installations where statement art is needed. These new styles are tuned to that type of installation and are more detailed than they may appear if you are viewing them on Facebook or your cell phone.
Thoughtful – detail view
So, that’s what is coming. Take a look and tell me what you think as the next blog post unfolds its wings to fly across the internets…