At a recent outing Lita and I had both purchased a book by Nichole Robertson of Little Brown Pen called Paris in Color. Inspired by the book and Nichole's photography, we decided to start a color project of our own. We chose the Riverfront in Fort Lauderdale as our first location and set off yesterday with much enthusiasm. We discussed how this project was not going to be about composition, sharpness or subject but just about color. We found trying NOT to compose a photograph to perfection was a daunting thing as we have trained our eyes and brain over the last few years to put composition first. Nichole focuses on one color at a time because, as she states in her book, focusing on just one color will allow the "details to reveal themselves". Lita and I were just snapping away at any color we found but for future outings I am going to just focus on one color like Nichole suggests. When we stopped to have lunch at Bubba Gump Shimp Company, we scrolled through our pictures and were both horrified and disappointed with how awful they looked. Yet, it was making us laugh that we couldn't see past the lack of composition to what gems we really had in regards to color. It was only after we agreed to each process at least one photo that night did we finally realize that this project was one we were going to embrace and continue! Here are just a few of my images from the outing that will be part of my "Color Theory" collection:
Both Nichole's book and also Vivian Swifts"Le Road Trip" have inspired me to be a flâneur during my upcoming trip to Paris in the fall. Strolling around leisurely searching for color in between sipping café au laits while sketching in a watercolor journal sounds just divine.