There are several parts to this story. I have been taking a bunch of photographs recently to use as I try to develop a simple process for some of my photography. I wanted to develop a minimalist B&W style of imagery that I could make with just my Olympus TG-5 small waterproof camera as I address some of the issues I find to be troubling due to changes occurring around me. I was pretty close to having a simple preset for B&W images, but I found that the things I want to photograph are complex and that B&W doesn’t always work well for many of those things and tends to hide a lot. I still like B&W for some images, but I also find that color works better for some.
While I was working on a B&W preset for LR, I decided to make some before images for some upcoming repairs to our local environment using the TG-5 camera while I was out walking. Since I was using in-camera color jpegs for the base of my B&W style I still had color images to use if warranted. While I was looking at the above images in my B&W preset, I flipped them to color to see how they looked while retaining all of the other settings.
Those who are enthralled with color might like them even if they don’t look the same as they most likely think they should look. They don’t look right to some eyes since they are not normal looking, but I did find that by using this high contrast approach that it emphasized the details and was therefore useful as an analysis and visual tool to portray the impacts of the climate crisis. In addition, I like the rich impact for getting the message across.
If you are wondering, we didn’t always have this problem with this particular walking path. When I moved here it was one of my favorite paths as I walked by the pond looking for unusual wildlife. The current problem has been getting worse as the climate crisis unwinds and we get more rain year after year. I am curious to see if they modify the local impacts so that we can again use the path safely. Unfortunately, I think that the continuing climate changes along with local band-aid approaches to culvert, bridge, and flooded path repairs will be a continual source of things to photograph. Things in and near floodplains are ripe for being impacted adversely by the climate crisis, but at the same time they create striking images of the impacts.
This saga of changes in my search for a theme and an intent will continue to evolve but I’ll stop for now and give others a chance to comment and let it soak in. After I wrote the above, I got a notice about a new e-book, The Visual Voice: Find Your Voice, Express Your Vision, Make Stronger Photographs by David duChemin so I ordered it since it looks like it relates to what I am working on.