I used to do a lot of photography back in University. I was never very good, but I enjoyed it. After University, I headed abroad and traveled quite extensively in East Asia. I had a DSLR and basically killed the shutter over the period of 3 years. I took a lot of pictures. Everything was so new, so vibrant, so different. That filled me with awe and I just wanted to capture everything.
3 years later, I returned to Canada and put my camera down, never to pick it up again for 10 years. I took some cellphone pictures during that time, but not anything specifically artistic or what I would deem a 'photograph'. Now, here I stand. I'm a partner, director and editor to tencolors. It affords me time to do a lot of personal projects which is absolutely amazing. And while I do all this, I am now pushing my boundaries in photography as well. It goes hand in hand.
I have been spending some time playing around with the artistic side of photography, coming up with multiple versions of a single photograph. We all remember in our minds what we saw at the time we took the photo. Yet, when we look at the picture, we don't often see what we recall in our minds. What we see is often under-exposed, over-exposed or the colors are off. Often, this is simply because cameras - film or otherwise, can't capture the dynamic range that our eyes see. We see shadows and highlights simultaneously. But cameras cannot capture that same range. So it's either highlights, or shadows, but not both.
As one starts to play around with a particular photograph, we can easily get consumed in editing, in playing with light and shadow, colors, shades and tones. This particular image, was in a dark alley way in Hoi An, Vietnam. The sky was dark and blue-ish purple. It was just starting to set up for a powerful downpour and we were headed back to our bicycles. The sky was dark, and the alleys dimly lit.
These are just a few of the versions I played around with today, and each evokes a different mood for me. These are what I remember from that night. A feeling of dark brooding, big skies, and the expectation of an epic storm.