A musician’s portrait.
Simple as that. As much as it may be about the mouth piece he’s got pressed against his lips, it’s also about his eyes. Focused. Watchful. Looking. Those eyes are what drew me to the picture in my archives.
The picture was colorful. It can stand as that. As you know, I’m in a much more experimental mood these days. So, I made the colorful version into a monochromatic picture. I think it works like this too. It’s a different look and feel. These days, it seems that black and white, and monochromatic work seems to have a little more gravitas. I’m not sure why. It may just be because it’s different from all the smart phone snapshots that flood the internet by the billions every day.
I’d like to believe that it’s something more. That black and white work strips the subject and image down to their bare necessities. That the picture takes the viewer there.
If the truth be told, I’m playing with pictures for four reasons.
Yeah, sure. One is the separation of black and white imagery from all the rest of the stuff that’s out there.
I’m not sure that I completely buy into the purity concept. After all, the world is a colorful place. Color matters.
The third reason is a little more personal. My career started in black and white photography. I used black and white film for at least 15 years before I started working seriously with color film and then with digital imagery. As my career begins to wind down and eventually come to a close, I feel the need to return to my roots. Black and white images.
Finally, I like to experiment which drives learning. We are never too old to learn.
This picture. He’s a trumpet player in a brass band. I made it at a second line. Sometimes I work a little too closely and forget to leave the instrument in view. This time it may have worked, because the picture is really about his eyes.
Post production was weird. I worked the picture into its final form. But, compression software on WordPress undid me. So I reworked the image into a hyper sharp and hyper contrasty image. I knew that by the time the image was compressed here, the image would look pretty good. This was my third try. I don’t care what they say about digital data always being accurate, the real proof is in the eye of the beholder.