Ostrava – Přívoz, January 2017
So I was standing there. One of the poorest streets in Ostrava. And I suddenly saw it’s beauty. It’s poetry. This is how I see. It just asked me to photograph it. So I did what I usually do when there is a scene that really grabs my attention. I would make more photos of the scene and later I selected the best one.
On contrary, document with people is happening in glimpse of a second. Everything moves and changes every moment. People are subject and environment is a background.
In this case, subject is the place. So it is not a background.
Many people like bw. I do a lot. One of the truths about bw is, that it evokes past. My mother-in law is totally photographically untouched. It is just not her business. When she saw my monochrome photos from the series “The periphery of Ostrava” her immediate reaction was “such an interesting ancient look”. She is right, my photos has ancient look. It is because I use Silver Efex presets (free download Nik Collection from “beloved” Google) that are made to look as film photos. With grain. Or even with vignette and other imperfections that were characteristic for film cameras. And so, the result is often nostalgic. I like nostalgia. Obviously.
Even this photo is processed using presets from Analog Efex (also Nik Collection). Name of the presets says clearly that it made to look as color film.
So, why we are so often turning to the past? Well, I am not that old. I am influenced by the look of analog photos. But personally, I didn’t shoot much film. I was teenager when digital era blasted. When I started more seriously I learned with digital camera.
Is there something like “digital look”? No, I think. Today’s technique is capable to record reality as it is.