A better way to fall

Today I had another shoot with Yaelle (I think we need to do a book or something), and she asked me why I almost never shoot black and white. My answer was that it just doesn’t really feel like ‘me’. I am a color lover. Shooting b&w could make my life easier (there’s much more choice in black and white film, especially in low light conditions), but in the end I think I should do what I love most. And that is color. I feel like I can love a photo that is in b&w, but I won’t love it as much or as long as I would a color photo. It’s just a personal preference, I guess.

But during a shoot with Pamela a while ago, I found myself to be without color film (after using more of it than I expected to, blame the inspiring model). And what was the only film left lying on the shelf? A black and white Kodak Tri-X film I bought months before, thinking I should really try that one out sometime. But the occasion never occurred until I had no other option…

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Credits
Model: Pamela van Kruijsdijk
MUA: Kathleen Van Walle
© Els Vanopstal

So far from where I’ve been

The shoot I had planned with Yaelle -my lovely muse living abroad- almost didn’t happen, as there was a big strike going on and she might not be able to make her way back home for Christmas. Luckily I had taken a day off at work, so we could arrange a last minute shoot a couple days earlier. Yaelle is a dream to work with, always has a smile on her face and we have a sort of understanding through photographs that is not easy to find.

December days are hard for natural light photographers, but they do convey some sort of comfy “staying inside drinking hot cocoa” mood…

Credits
Model: Yaelle
© Els Vanopstal

And a happy new year

Congratulations! If you’re reading this, you have made it to 2012 and you probably will continue to live in this wonderful world until the apocalypse takes us all down in December. But not to worry! December is still a lifetime away. To make it all worth our while though, we better make some good old resolutions. Here are mine:

  • Shoot more men (I think I have shot in total 2 men in 2011, so I’ll have to photograph at least 3 men in 2012.)
  • Practise my French (Voulez-vous parler avec moi?)
  • Make more environmental portraits (Like, you know, people in uh.. Environments and stuff)
  • Swim in a lake (Any lake)
  • Move (To another city)
  • At least do one photoshoot using a 4×5 camera (Don’t know where I’m going to get it yet, but must. Must.)
  • Travel as much as I can (On the wishlist: France (Paris), Spain (Barcelona), Slovenia)
  • Eat more soup (CatSup not included)
  • Read at least one book per month (Jan (The People Look Like Flowers At Last) – Febr (Post Office) – Mar (Norwegian Wood) – April – May – June – July – Aug – Sept – Oct – Nov – Dec).
  • Try to make some self portraits again (They are very therapeutic for people who might otherwise need therapy)
  • Write much much much more (Keep in mind Bukowski: “Maybe I’ll write a novel, I thought. And then I did.”)
  • Buy a 2012 agenda (I’d put it in my agenda but I’m currently out)