New Portfolio – Black and White

I’ve added a new portfolio: Black and White.

It turned out to be more difficult than I thought. It seems that I have a lot of black and white pictures.

They fall into a few distinct categories:

  • Digital pictures originally in color, but converted to black and white, often using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. Rarely digital images taken in black and white. The bulk of my black and white images fall into this category
  • Color negatives and old prints, usually in color. Scanned and then converted to black and white, often using Nik Silver Efex Pro
  • Black and White negatives. Scanned.

I went through a large number of negatives to come up with 20 for the portfolio. It wasn’t always clear to me why I had selected some for conversion and not others. I fear that often if I had a color image that I didn’t really like I would see what it looked like converted to black and white.

Going forward I’m hoping to be more discriminating with the images I choose for conversion. I also hope to take more black and white negatives.

House Cricket

For as long as I can remember we’ve had, from time to time, crickets make an appearance in our house.

I believe they live in the crawl space and make occasional forays into the lower level of the house. They don’t bother me and I’m hesitant to get rid of them. The thing is that our house is probably their entire universe. We’ve been there for twenty years and I’ve been seeing these crickets throughout that time period. Since I imagine crickets down have a particularly long life span, we’re talking about generation after generation of crickets.

The funny thing is that, unlike other crickets I’ve encountered, they never make any noise.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

Happy Birthday Henri

Today marks the 110th Anniversary of one of the greatest of all photographers (and a personal favorite of mine): Henri Cartier-Bresson.

It also gives me the opportunity to highlight a publication I picked up a couple of months ago at the International Center of Photography: Henri Cartier-Bresson. Interviews and Conversations 1951-1998. It contains 12 interviews with the Master. As the foreword says:

Henri Cartier-Bresson often defined himself as a visual person. “I watch, watch, watch. I understand things through my eyes.” he wrote in 1963. Throughout his life, his preferred language was the image. He did take a lot of notes during his reporting and kept a constant correspondence with his family, but in the end he wrote little about his own photographic practice…it is in fact in his interviews that Cartier-Bresson’s liveliest thinking can be found. It is the one place where the photographer has indeed not been sparing with his words.

Most of these talks have not been reissued since their publication and are therefore difficult to find. They reveal a fascinating and passionate Cartier-Bresson, who talks about his photography, comments on the state of the world, and reflects on his path. Spread over nearly half a century, his word make it possible to perceive the evolution of the photographer’s thinking: he backs down from his comments, changes his mind, sometimes contradicts himself. The image that the interviews give of Cartier-Bresson is not frozen in legend, but on the contrary, alive and kicking.