Just Like


Colors.

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ust like… Maxfield Parrish. If you know much about him you know that his work often more detailed than my picture. Much more. But, his clouds. Oh, his clouds. Much of his work looks like this image.

What am I saying? Oh, the ego on me. His work doesn’t look like mine. My work looks like his. Sheesh. What am I thinking?

Even though I’ve been posting a lot of elderly (old) black and white work on Instagram I photographed that way because I worked for newspapers and that’s what we had. Using color back then was a real big deal. The process was expensive and in order to pay for it newspapers had to sell a color spot on the reverse page. That was really expensive. A buyer really needed an important project to invest in it.

See how easily I get side tracked?

What I’m trying to say is that in the great debate of color v black and white photographs, I come down firmly on the side of color. Black and White photographers say that it is purer than color because color interferes with the subject. People like me say that’s fine, but life is colorful. Why remove it for one semi-artistic reason? So what if color is the subject?

Besides, color is just one component is a good picture.

Even though this photograph is mostly all color and that makes it an extreme example of my point, can you imagine it in black and white? I can because I tested it. Nah. It doesn’t really work. That’s not to say that it can’t work. After all unless you shoot .jpegs the only camera that shoots black and white RAW is a very expensive Leica.

I’ve rambled all over the place. I hope that something I wrote was even a little helpful.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at Ray@Laskowitzpicturess.com or Pictures34@me.com. For a quick look at my work please go to www.laskowitzpictures.com.

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