Marcia Resnick spent much of the 1970s and 80s photographing the marginalized, talented and creative souls — as well as some pretty famous rockers and poets — who were drawn like a magnet to dirty, old, low-rent and near-bankrupt New York City.
“By comparison to film, with its fixed-intensity filter system, digital explodes with creative options, although you have different tools, depending on whether you’re working on a RAW or a JPEG file.”
“I find negative space interesting, it’s that absence or void that inspires a lot of curiosity. It can often make people feel uncomfortable.”
He says a “big stopper”–neutral density filter is his best friend because it allows him to slow down the exposure and get that silky, flowing water look.
For Peter Madsen, Black and White is Photography’s Version of ‘Less Is More’
“Music is my main medium, it’s similar in a way that you’re creating something from the ground up, but with photography you have much less to work with in that, once you’ve captured the image, you have a very strict boundary of manipulation.”
“The world is way too colorful these days and black and white photography makes people think and leave more space for imagination.”
“Back in the days when film was your only choice, if you wanted the full range of tonal control via color filters, you needed a bag full of glass.”
“…I wanted to show how modern life is gradually changing and ultimately destroying this incredible place.”
“For me the important part is the whole experience of taking a photograph. I just become more present, more aware of the landscape that is in front of me.”
Let’s explore some of the visual devices which Minor White used to create photos of the natural world that are truly amazing.
Over the years, Olympus has improved their grainy film modes over and over again. In the Pen f, the black and white filters can end up looking like Ilford Delta 400. But in the OMD EM1 Mk II, they resemble Tri-X a bit more. The only other company that really is able to pull off anything that looks remotely like film is Fujifilm–at least at the moment they are.
This month is dedicated to black and white landscape photography.
“I can say it has taken me as long as nine years to capture one of my images.”
In his series The Birds, Bois uses his poetic eye to isolate the birds and photograph them in such a way which emits a powerful mood.
Black and white photography and in general photography is my real passion. If I want to focus on the emotion in my pictures and to bring the idea of the photo to life in a shoot in the first place I do it in black and white pictures.
“I like the surreal but at the same time, I hate when it’s predominant and redundant. What I try to do in my photos, it’s to give a little touch of surreal.”
“…but for some reason I wanted to see how the inner turmoil I felt at the time actually looks like.”
“I wanted it to be enigmatically creepy, and also a bit crazy.”
“I love Cinema. I love Photography. I love Art. — That is all you really need to know.”