I’ve got about six shots of this outlook, each with its own attraction. Colour, black and white, detail or panoramic. You can decide which you like best. The cloud makes a strong composition combined with the distant peaks. For this shot I decided to make full use of the black and white aesthetic. In practical terms that means I worked it quite extensively in Photoshop. The equivalent would be a red filter with black and white film, and high contrast paper in the darkroom. If you began photography in the era of film you realised it was an enjoyable craft. Having said that, I prefer Photoshop compared to standing in a darkroom for hours manipulating images with water and chemicals. I was in a darkroom again a few years ago and found it very clumsy. It was part of a teaching curriculum and I wonder about that too. Some of the young people enjoyed it but if it’s little more than historic curiosity I’m not sure we need it. It is a valuable part of photographic education but there’s a cost involved in terms of time, money, and facilities. I’m not sure of its value if students return to their mobile devices and forget about darkrooms. The context of photography has changed. You make a picture on a phone the equivalent quality of a cheap camera, broadcast it immediately across the internet, which makes the darkroom pointless and dull. The meditative part of photography no longer exists. It’s immediate and potentially worldwide with every picture you take. This applies with the camera too. There’s no waiting to develop a film and print the negatives, anxious about the exposure.

 

Pyrenees Mountain Photography: Pombie Cloud View

Tuesday December 9, 2014