The 2nd Charles Dodgson Black & White Award

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Blog | No Comments

Mortal Being ©2016          (Click on image for larger view)

I’ve just returned from an amazing trip to Peru! I took a lot of photographs and now need to edit my images and decide what I want to do with them. Some painting ideas inspired by the trip are also starting to percolate…

In the meantime, my photograph, Mortal Being, was selected as a finalist in the 2nd Charles Dodgson Black & White Award in the Portraits Category, put on by The Gala Awards. There were 750 entries from 37 countries. You can see the winning entries and finalists here. Scroll down to the end for the Portraits Category.

These days, I pretty much always shoot in color but some images just speak to me in black and white. In the “old days” I use to shoot a lot of black and white film photography. I would spend hours and hours in the darkroom developing and printing my images. Now I spend hours meticulously finessing my final images on the computer. I typically do proof prints on my home printer and then use a professional lab for final proofing and printing.

Sometimes I have ideas for images that don’t fit into any particular series and it is actually quite refreshing to just shoot without being too concerned about the bigger picture. However, I still find that I have a distinctive aesthetic and viewpoint (starkness, reductive elements, often quirky) that seems to connect my works even if they are not –or not yet– part of a series. This image being a case in point!