I selected this image from a number of photographs shot last weekend as part of an outdoor portrait session. While many of the portraits were formal, this was one of those spontaneous moments captured in between formalities. This is the journalistic photograph that I would otherwise hope to achieve, the candid photograph, the natural state, a moment between father and daughter.
This image, originally shot in color, takes on a sense of serenity when the color is desaturated. The subtle hints of green and brown add a layer to this image that would not exist in a traditional black and white print. We shot early in the morning near my mountain home outside of Durango, Colorado letting the young aspen trees set a backdrop against the calm waters of the distant lake.
As photographers, do you consider your environment to be one of the strongest elements when making a portrait? Perhaps taking advantage of urban landscapes, distinctive architecture, or surrounding wilderness. Often a place or setting can also speak strongly about that individual and their story as you try to relate the significance of a single image or photo essay to your viewers. On the topic of objective vs. subjective, can an objective photograph be made this way?
Do you find yourself most often shooting photographs that you set out to capture? Or do you often come across something of interest, unexpectedly, camera in hand, and come away with great images?
These images are from a church in one of the older districts of Alamosa, Colorado and are very much a product of the latter of these two philosophies, I was just looking for a good cup of coffee!
These are scenes of “everyday life” taken from around the globe. Perhaps they also act as “statements” …..for me they are documentary, they are my memories, experiences and often times a record of my direct and indirect contact within the environments I have chosen to explore. “Moments”….. captured. The beautiful reality of photojournalism!
AntiDull magazine, an online art and photography publication has recently published a few of my images. I encourage you to check out their site link HERE.
The most recent issues, one dedicated to Photojournalism and the other Fashion, were both released yesterday. Online media will perhaps be the “press” of tomorrow. AntiDull’s commitment to an “advertisement free” environment will hopefully continue to attract talented photographers and artists from around the globe as the publication continues to grow and inspire!
Enjoy the Magazine! -Jeremy
Above Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2008. All Rights Reserved.