As my girlfriend and I were walking into the theater to see Coco, suspended on the the hallway walls were photos of some of the most famous actors and actresses in the film industry; they were all taken in black and white. The lighting and composition of each photo was exceptional. It led me to noticing how much more of a challenge it was to illuminate and darken various portions of space. A black and white photo is simply a photo of light and the absence of it. It is a canvas of all of the nuances of darkness against light. It has no color. It is a beautiful form of photography that challenges both the artist and intrepepter. It is probably my favorite form of photography.
My girlfriend and I watched an episode of Black Mirror last night that was a very touching story about conformity and the yearning for gratitude and appreciation - - even when it isn't genuine. And as we all share our experiences on this media platform, and others like it, we are all victim to this issue surrounding instant gratification. It brought me back to a time where I had the chance of seeing the 60's culture come together in Golden Gate Park and party like they were my age or even younger. The time where we as a species, as a culture, as individuals, can experience the world without somehow directly or indirectly being involved with social media is over. It's harder and harder for people to enjoy the moment for what it is and step away from everybody else. This gentlemen was nothing short of living in the moment. I decided to make this photo monochromatic because it allows the viewer to focus on what is most important: the subject lost in the moment.