The magic of experimentation…how I fell in love with black and white photography.
Having always thrived on bright blue skies, sunlight and colour I hit a bit of a creative block once winter in Paree had well and truly settled in. The grey days just didn’t feel like ‘me’ or appeal to my aesthetic. As completely ridiculous as it sounds now I initially had a moment where I felt that there was no way around this creative block. That I was a slave to the elements when it came to creating imagery.
Luckily that silly thought quickly passed as I realised the absolute magic of experimentation…
For me that magic was finding out that I in fact love black and white photography. This newfound perspective opened up a whole new world of photography to me. Where each shot told a story different to that of their colour counterparts, often transporting me to memories of my favourite old, classic films.
Here are a few tips on how you can embrace experimentation and reap the rewards as a fellow photographer or creative.
Take a break and explore:
In order to be able to approach things differently you need to be open to considering a range of perspectives. Personally whenever I find myself to be creatively sluggish the best way to recharge is to take a break and explore my surroundings. Whether that be taking a walk, visiting a museum, watching films or meeting up with people that inspire me. Spend some time doing the things that inspire you.
Play around with new subject matter, compositions, techniques etc. There are no limitations with this! The important thing here is that you are open to trying new things and are not dismissing them until you have given them a go.
Trust your gut:
Tried something and it didn’t work out? That’s totally ok! It took me a few attempts to get where I am now with black and white photography. Each time we experiment it is a stepping stone to that creative magic that is awaiting us. Trust me it is worth it.