Friday, November 6, 2009

Autumn Stairs

I love this time of year. The colors are beautiful, the air smells good, and here in Sacramento the cooler temperatures are eagerly anticipated all summer long.

My image "Autumn Stairs" was actually one of the first black and white photographs I hand-colored. I had been printing strictly black and white images for a few years but had always been interested in hand-coloring. When I printed this image the first time, I liked it, but something was missing.

©Dianne Poinski

In my last post, I wrote about working on some of my new images as straight black and white photographs. This is quite the departure for me. Since I first hand-colored "Autumn Stairs" almost 15 years ago, I have hand-colored every image I have shown.

What happened with "Autumn Stairs" was the exact opposite of what I found myself experiencing with some of my new images from Paris. "Autumn Stairs" (in my opinion) is a much stronger image in it's hand-colored version. Again, this is just my opinion, but after my observations this week, I have been doing a lot of thinking about this subject.

©Dianne Poinski

One reason I believe most of my images work as hand-colored photographs is that I shoot with that end result in mind. Once I started hand-coloring, my photography changed somewhat.

I think most of my photographs could work both ways - hand-colored or not - and most of my images from Paris fall into that category. Discovering that it doesn't always work that way has given me a fresh perspective as I continue to edit photographs from that trip. Only good can come from a "fresh perspective".................right?

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