Weather he knew it or not, I had a connection to Paul Caponigro. While working and learning from David Travis at Elmi Graphics, we made Cibachrome (color) prints for Paul. Last year, 30 years later, I sent Paul a letter introducing myself and how I knew him. He wrote back opening up an opportunity for a quick call. When I talked with him, he asked if I did colour or B&W. I said I’ve done both but have been primarily photographing with colour in mind.
Ever since that short conversation, I have been lead back to B&W. During my visit last year to Carmel and Monterey, I stopped in at the Weston Gallery. Seeing the actual B&W prints of Weston, Adams, Karsh, and others, I noticed my vision began to shift away from color. How refreshing and welcoming it is to go back to where I began photography. I only shot, developed and printed B&W in the late 1970s and 1980s. I soon realized that several images where I spent a huge amount of time to get the subtle colours perfect were really meant to be B&W. Below is my Dancing Kelp Series redone in B&W. Don’t they look great?! Thank you Paul Caponigro for asking that question.
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