I do need to go to Petco because the cat is in need of a new scratching board. At least with this picture, no matter how old I get, I’ll always remember where it is – or at least where it once was. I did have a bit of an epiphany when I was shooting this. I was waiting for someone wearing a red jacket, and I was castigating myself – that the shot was just about the colors when it struck me: how many times have I enjoyed a black and white shot, simply because of the black and white tones. If it was okay for black and white – why wasn’t it okay in color? Of course I still think that if you can desaturate it and still have a “story” or a “subject” that works on it’s own where the color adds to the shot – then you do have something. But it’s okay in the early phases to simply enjoy the colors.
But of course there ain’t no way to just get good at something without going through the dreaded learning process. So I can stay in the comfortable world of b&w or continue my explorations so that I don’t need to answer the most asked question I get: why do you shoot in black and white?
Oh – and speaking of black and white photographs – this week – and this has never happened to me before, I actually received two pieces of mail, actual mail, not e-mail, with photographs that were printed from my site (i.e. web resolution) asking if I would be kind enough to sign the back and send it back to them (all teenagers). And they had self addressed envelopes. And I also got a letter with two photographs from a young person asking if I would critique the prints and answer some biographical questions. Again – this was with snail mail.
Are you telling ;me that my signature has become worth something – or that it’s some sort of hoax. I am so suspicious that I looked at the postmarks and they weren’t from New York which is where the tricksters mostly live.