referring to the post title: when i first heard about this project, i was thinking it would look best in black and white, with a solid dark backdrop behind the family’s portraits. nice and simple, and let the subjects/people speak for themselves. i also like how b&w seems to encourage people to examine the parts of a photo that matter the most (logically, at least). however, the Hospital was really thinking they wanted color — which would show off nicely the traditional clothing that many of the families will most likely wear. sooooo, here’s my final answer: i think i will just post the photos here in black and white, with the intention of composing that way, while being mindful of the color mostly in my lighting.
here’s the first of a series of portraits i’m making for the University of New Mexico’s new clinic opening in the Southeast Heights in a month or so. that’s gives me a deadline of, “like, yesterday!” i’ll be pretty busy for the next few weeks, which will be great. i’ll get to work with many different families from all over the world, and some great translators to help me write a little about each family’s experience to accompany the finished portrait.
by the way, i’ll print it in color for the clinic. i rarely get to work in b&w, though, so i thought i’d post that version here.