Most of my projects are black and white. But I also shoot color. Sometimes. And when people ask why I shoot black and white I tell them because it’s cool and so am I. Then they weep, mostly. On a serious note. I do like color and when the light is good and offers that brilliance we know so well it can be difficult to NOT shoot color.
A few days ago I was birdwatching on the patio. Journal, camera, binoculars. But no birds really. Wind, rain. etc. They were smart and were probably inside their nest listening to Danish ambient dub. I can’t get inside their tiny heads.
The sky was typical of New Mexico. Ten out of ten. A front was beginning to push through and the clouds were moving incredibly fast. I shot these three images minutes apart, perhaps a bit more, but they show the difference between foreboding and hopeful just in their color palette.
I love photography like this. For no other purpose than to record and study. Record and feel. I think mood is undersold in importance when it comes to photography. People obsess over technical stuff but it doesn’t matter. How a picture feels or how it makes you feel is what matters.
Our connection to nature is so much deeper than it was in California, especially during those Los Angeles years when concrete, smog, and structure was all around us. The Orange County era was better especially when staring at the sea, but even then things were filtered through traffic, crowds, parking, and noise.
Here there is no filter. It’ just there, right outside. Day and night. I woke at 3 AM today to look at the stars through the patches of cloud. Even here there is light pollution but still minimal, for now. Someone called me a few days ago, a city dweller, and within a minute asked: “Is that nature I hear in the background?” Yes, yes it is. I think this is where we went wrong a long time ago. When humans decided they needed to conquer nature. Take the peaks, tame the sea, control the climate and tear up what even Rachel Carson thought was endless. We know now it isn’t. Not by a long shot.