Sunday, February 26, 2017

Black and white only different

John Farnsworth lurking in his "duck blind" his iPhone at the ready.

One afternoon I was wandering around Antigua with my good friend, the noted painter and photographer John Farnsworth. We photographed, grabbed lunch at Rincon Tipico and John said he wanted to show me his favorite art gallery in Antigua, possibly the Americas. We visited the handsome La Antigua Galería de Arte on 4a Calle Oriente. It was as fine as  he touted.  When we finished, we darted into the photography gallery next door. I don’t remember the name of that establishment but vividly recall the work of its primary photographer. He, a recently deceased American who had living in Antigua for 30 years, had removed most of the color  from his environmental portraits while leaving the faces in muted skin tones. While I normally find so-called “spot color” to be contrived his were masterful in their subtlety. 

I tried to emulate the treatment here with highly adequate results. 

6 comments:

Daryl Black said...

Love the black and white only different of John Farnsworth. A wonderful and quite successful experiment You are both suitable additions to the Antigua landscape. Thank you for sharing these parts of your wonderful journey.

John Farnsworth said...

I sometimes wonder how the subjects of my street photography would feel if they came across my photo of them. Now I know. I've been street photographed! I feel honored.
Also, in this instance, it's fun being included in such a successful bit of photo rendering experimentation.
Now, Steve, about my cover being blown...

Steve Immel said...

You can run but you can't hide, Juanito. How was Santiago?

Chris said...

Hi Steve - love this image; I'd say your experiment is a big success. Can't wait to see if you do more with this technique.

John Farnsworth said...

A street photographer's candy store! Rob and Linda were great and gracious hosts!

John Farnsworth said...

Haha, you know my feet. I can hide but I can't run! OK, maybe I can't do either!