Colour me bad

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I suppose it had to happen at some point. I am 53 this year and for the first time in all that time, I want to explore colour in my Street Photography!

I have always shot black and white from way back in my film days and so far most of my digital days except for a few Landscapes and Macro work, but I have this sudden urge to shoot colour. I think it’s the relationship that different colours have to pull some images together. I have always believed that only black and white was the true story telling medium and to some extent that will never change for me.

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Its just criminal for me not to share some the amazing colours I find out there these days on the streets. I have always deleted images like the one above because it would have no interest or meaning to me in black and white.

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I cant delete them any more and feel the need to explore colour and to try to make it work for me.

The image below was the turning point, I was going to shoot the guy wearing shorts, from the front, as he walked towards me but then I noticed how his shorts and socks would go well with the DHL sign and the shop. I waited and turned just as the lady put her hand up and I took the shot. I just love so much about this image, I love the words on the sign “Quit Here” and how the colour matches the girls shorts, how her phone colour matches the bus and the shop. I hardly ever talk about my images but I will tell you the lady did not see the man, she had only just crossed the road and was trying to avoid me. The first shot I had in my head in black and white would not have worked but this shot screams at me shoot more colour.

I have decided to not only to go out and shoot more colour digital but to explore colour film as well. I missed out on colour film all my life so now its time to have a go.

I have set up a new twitter account to just explore colour and you are welcome to follow me @autoisostreet

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