Just days ago I was working on a photograph in Photoshop that needed help. Since my background is photography and fine arts, I frequently tweak my jpegs or camera raws with some computer application in order to crop; fix blown out highlights; straighten the buildings; remove unwanted elements, such as cars and other "fixes." Sometimes the image I have in my mind pops right away. Other times, I struggle to get what I want. Once in awhile I have to scrap a photo. This happens for several reasons: too much noise, blurry, a giant I never noticed while taking the picture is standing in front of my subject. You would be surprised! Out there in the photo shooting zone, I'm forever excited and seeing what I think is there. Sadly, what was there, I thought while clicking the shutter, is not what sometimes appears on my computer screen when I download the camera cards. It happens.
On my recent trip to India, I was overwhelmed with many sensations that were uniquely exotic. Never had I been to Asia. The tropical weather and vegetation is similar to that which I have experienced in Florida, but combined with a totally unfamiliar atmosphere that bespeaks mystery, majesty, allure, and all things extravagantly fantastic. In capturing the feel of India through photography, I have to present the magnetism of the place I sensed while there. The image I was working on is of the marvelous University of Mumbai: architecture that is as magnificent as it is intricate. The University is surrounded by lush plants and the beautifully designed windows shimmer in the heat of the tropics. In error I reversed my photograph to a negative-like/infer-red style image. Somehow, all the sensations of the day I stood before the building enveloped me as I looked at the image: heat, tropics, exotic vegetation, luminous architecture. This image is a sketch. It captures an emotion and gives me again the feel of the breathtaking enticements of India. Through an unintentional reversal of positive to negative, I caught my mood.
|Black and White Architectural Photography: University of Mumbai, India|