Shades of Spring

Artist Statement

Who doesn’t love to see the colours of spring in its myriad hues and chromatic vibrance? After all, colours evoke emotions and paint our world with feelings. However, this time when I took out my camera to shoot an everyday subject, as basic as a flower, I did not want to shoot the way everyone (read, most of the people) does. I challenged myself by restricting the palette to black, white and all that comes in between, without pretending to represent reality. The idea was to make a creative choice of removing the distraction of colour to transcend into an alternative visual world, probably a more surrealistic one where you are not expected to be literal or exact, but just yourself.

The work was developed while I was still reading the book titled, ‘Black & White Photography – The Timeless Art of Monochrome‘ by Michael Freeman (available here). Needless to say, the contribution of my learnings from this book to the outcome of this project has been immense and I see a long way ahead of myself to improve my techniques and master this art of monochrome.

The most colorful thing in the world is black and white, it contains all colors and at the same time excludes all.”

― Vikrmn, 10 Alone

All photographs are shot in March 2022 from Lumix S1 and 50mm F1.8 lens and 24-105mm F4.0 lens.


Published by Vivek Kumar Verma

Investment Banking Lawyer | Photographer & Blogger | Connoisseur of Food | Poet

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