By Nick Nieto
Why I am pursuing B+W
I think photographers who are passionate about their craft have a deep desire to push forward with their abilities and develop the tools in their repertoire in order to grow as a photographer. That is why I am here. I want to expand my horizons as a photographer and hone my skills. Specifically I want to improve how my images tell a story.
I am choosing to use B+W as a springboard for growth because it simplifies the equation and will allow me to focus better on the content in an image. I now don’t have to think in the world of color but in the world of only lines, shades, and form. It is practice in telling a story more simply and within restraints. I believe this practice will ultimately improve all of my photographs. To help push myself forward, I have decided that I am going to spend one weekend a month thinking only in B+W. This is my commitment to myself and my craft that I’m sharing with you. I look forward to sharing images with you and reflecting on them to help both of us learn together.
My reflection on the image above:
I chose to share this image because it makes me think of simplicity, peace, and zen. A theme I’ve used to define how I’m approaching my goals of improvement with my craft as a photographer. In the image I like how the face of the sculpture is a level brighter than the surrounding elements which brings your eye to focus on it. The form is a traditional japanese shape with very strong geometric lines which are in contrast to the surrounding natural environment but also create a pleasant balance and zen like nature. I chose to layer the plants in the scene to show depth and as I reflect on it, to me the subject appears almost tucked away quietly resting in it’s environment peacefully. This last point was more of a happy accident but it continues to add to the theme of the story I was trying to tell.
Feel free to critique this image, and share your own ideas and goals for improving your craft.