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.
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.
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?