week 36 | 2011

2011, Photography, Project, weekly project

I enjoyed experimenting with color and it felt (and still feels) quite natural. And with these B&W photographs it might sounds strange to talk about color, but this week it felt just right go for B&W instead. I am not planning to stop with color. The decision making to go for either B&W or color is just one additional step in my creative process.

I also realized that I got too upset with some movements going on in photography, especially stuff marketing related of some individuals. It makes a lot more sense to me to focus on what I like and what I want. And I think we all should do so. Sure, it is great to get challenged by something else. To seek new inspiration, ideas, and feed our creativity. But when there is no set plan, we won’t find it. I for instance started this 365 project to kill the lack of creativity by taking photographs. And maybe, or even very likely, I will do much of the things I am familiar with, my comfort zone. But I do also now that over a longer period you can still define small and subtle changes. Sometimes we expect more, but is less more enough.

I have applied a new theme to my blog to make use of larger screen space. This is also the first post that I increased the size of the posted photographs. Please let me know if you think this theme works for you or not. By changing the lay-out and going for a single column style there is no widget column anymore that could quickly bring you to previous posts. Is this a problem for you? I know that navigation is one thing, but in my opinion this is a photography centric blog and I want to improve the viewing experience.

The photographs of this ongoing project will also be updated here.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma


27 thoughts on “week 36 | 2011

  1. Honestly, I am very glad to see you returning to black and white photography. Nothing wrong with colors, but I always found your black and white processing to be something special.

    I also find new theme and bigger size much more pleasant than earlier theme(s).

  2. Hey Wouter, i still follow your nice blog every week. Not always time to reply. This week also nice picture´s again.. the bike on the street…strong!

  3. Lovely images. I look forward to your post every week and really love your b&w work.
    I shoot mainly in b&w too and would love your feedback on my street work shot primarily on the streets of Mumbai, India.
    Hope to see more b&w images from you in future posts. Cheers!

  4. Focussing on what you like and what you want, that’s probably the best advise for any photographer.

    Like you have happily acknowledged being a “stroll photographer”, I more and more see myself as a “snapshot photographer” – using a phonecam as my favorite tool. No, it surely won’t please everybody, but I definitely came to the point that I really couldn’t care less anymore. I think that’s one of the downsides of the current socia media culture, it tends to turn everyone into a crowd-pleaser.

    I like the new theme, it really does your great images justice.

    1. It certainly is strange that we as “free” amateur photographers basically have no restrictions and only have to set our own expectations and requirements, but still seem to go for mainstream crowd-pleasers to make sure we get the “nice” and “wonderful” comments too. Probably it has always been that way, but the social media pretty much broadens our exposure and makes everything go faster too. And likely also the reason while some think they are seasoned photographers after two years of flickr exposure.

      And use what suits you best, and do what you love to do.

  5. Absolutely love the larger image size. It would be nice to have a tab at the top that archived your earlier posts like the widget did. But in a choice between the two, I’ll take the larger images. I think though that new or more casual visitors will miss some easy or evident way to explore the site more fully. I know when I first started to follow, I went through almost all of the archive over the course of a few visits. The widget made that easier than paging through lots of past posts serially ( which it seems is what you’d need to do now).

    Some great images this week. I especially like number two, but I’m hesitant to single out just one as it seems to me that there’s almost a theme this week with all the different paths and travelers.

  6. Its a great theme Wouter, my only suggestions would be a dedicated Archives page which listed your post for quick reference.

    Now onto your BW work. Its stunning simply beautiful. I totally agree with that current trend you speak about but such is life, like you I’m more focused on my work and the steps I need to do to stay creative and most importantly content with what I’m producing. Nice to see you again going back to your roots.


    1. I think I needed the break from B&W to appreciate B&W. I might still do some more color stuff in the near future, but I think I will return to predominantly B&W photography again.

  7. Interestingly all reactions I had so far today applaud the new theme with the larger sized photographs. I also did some searching on wordpress code and found some the automatically create archives for my blog. Therefore I added the requested Archives page to the top menu.

    I am personally pretty excited about this new theme, but it does also mean additional work for me. It is my intention to replace all photographs from this years posts into larger versions. I also want to update my projects blog with all the photographs of my 365 project.

    Everyone thank you so far all your comments.

  8. I agree 100% with shoshin. In addition, do stay focused on your photography and screw those other guys. I know who/what you are referring to and although I found that information interesting, I haven’t been back to the website(s) or follow them like I do you.

  9. I really like the new style.

    I also really like your B&W’s this week. They’ve got a very filmic look. I’ve been pretty obsessed lately with high contrast photos, with lots and lots of black. I really like what you are getting here though with the lower contrasts images, particularly the bike on the ground, with very grey blacks.

    Thanks again… makes me consider other options in my approach too!

    1. I have done this more often Andrew, but with the narrower depth of field of my camera-lens combo it adds another dimension. And basically it is not far off from what you do with the strong contrast. It is just that I bring the black and white points to each other.

    1. I am glad that the new lay-out works well for you. It means a lot of work for me, because I want to replace all photographs of at least this year’s posts. But I do also think it is worth the effort.

  10. I think the new layout is excellent. The photos really are now the focal point of the blog!
    Both bikes are really impressive, loads of atmosphere. Great stuff!
    The bike thrown to the ground seems almost like a statement against the rain, as if the frustrated cyclist decided to take a taxi instead? 😉

  11. Marvellous series of B&W photographs, Wouter.

    The two shots featuring bicycles are quite superb.

    The new format certainly does enhance the viewing experience. A good move by you and one from which we all benefit.

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