Posts tagged ‘monochrome’
So last friday, I did a test shoot (photowalk) using my Leica M9. It was my first time to use a rangefinder, a first time to use manual focusing, a first time to use an M.
It was difficult at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s definitely worth it.
The images captured using M9 (even at F1.2) can also be achieved with most SLRs. The ISO was good, but not that great considering its worth. The LCD, compared to high end DSLR, left a lot to be desired . The aperture priority was such a tricky thing to control.
But what makes it more enjoyable than the common SLR is the way you use it. How you get back in control of everything. How fast can you make a shot (since it’s not auto-focusing). And how it seems like no one is noticing you taking pictures of them. I may sound like Kai (Wong), but trading my SLR for an M9 was a fucking good choice.
A car can get you from one point to another. But if you have a choice between a Peugeot and a Ferrari, don’t tell me that you won’t take the prancing horse.
Throughout the years, the human figure has been envisioned and represented in every medium imaginable. Much has been explored in different forms of art, especially in photography. Nudity is where most photographers would like to delve into, and it doesn’t come as a surprise for there is no limit to the beauty found in the human body. The owner of the body may get old, the human figure, as a subject, doesn’t.
They say that if we want to prove the existence of God, look at nature and witness the innumerable beauty of his creations. That same idea inspired me to try nude photography. One can search for beauty anywhere, but I need not go very far; I choose to seek beauty in the many facets of the human figure. That though there may be a thin line separating art and pornography, I want my images to go far beyond an interpretation of another graceful figure. Nudity is not something to be ashamed of, but it is not something to be exploited either.
I will try to move away from the stereotypical view that nudity can only mean sexuality. By using photography as a medium, there can be no shortage of imagination and vision. I want my photographs to be sensual, not sexual; to allure and not to titillate. Ultimately, I want them to exude surrealistic emotional response, of uncertainty and mystery. Let it baffle and intrigue. Let it evoke human imagination, so that what they look like will be more powerful than what they are. I want something that can challenge and startle the viewer’s eyes while allowing it to embrace the unfamiliar and ambiguous. Let this be a personal affair, a visual relationship between the subject and the viewers.
I know I’m a far cry from being an expert. I’m not here to give you pointers or discuss the benchmarks on how to consider a nude shot as a fine art because I have a lot more to learn myself, and a long way to go. But I believe—you’ll know it when you see it. This is my first take on bodyscapes. Let it be my tribute to the enduring beauty of the human form.