Another portable hard drive find that I should have posted over a year ago was an impromptu trip to the historical mining town of Bisbee, Arizona. Bisbee is a literal living Ghost town nestled in the Mule Mountains in Cochise County just a stones throw from where I used to live in Sierra Vista. Nowadays, the store fronts are filled with artisan crafts and some of the most unique artwork you’ll find anywhere. I’ve taken pictures and posted a blog before as you can see HERE but this time I wanted to take some pics that would only be in black and white.
I like black and white photography, although shooting digital it’s all done with software unless you change the settings inside your camera. I plan on doing more black and white images down the road, you really have to change your mindset when you are composing your shots with black and white in mind. Use of available light, forethought of casting shadows in the shot, clouds in the sky are a bonus are all the obvious things to consider but placing your subject in the view finder, the right subject, is whats most important in my opinion.
My inspiration for this shoot is from one of my favorite photographers is Sally Mann, she is one of Americas most renowned modern day photographers that has a very unique, yet simplistic style and best known for her black and white, controversial images. She uses a large format field camera utilizing “wet plates” as her medium and the results are surreal. In a few shots I chose some things that were strange, weird or just plain creepy and then exploited the use of textures and post processing framing to mimic a wet plate look in a few others. I have had a lot of compliments with these images on my Facebook page and have also had a lot of people say they were creeped out by them as well, thats exactly what I wanted, a reaction.
I went for shots that could possibly be complimented by using high contrast, a boost in clarity and grain to give it that edgy feel.
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