London, ON, October 2011
About this photo: It's not too late to get your autumn-themed photo submitted as part of our latest Thematic. Click here to celebrate the season.A whole bunch of years ago, I shot my first roll of film. It was black-and-white, and I recall feeling an immense feeling of power at my newfound ability to capture snippets of the world. I even saw the lack of color as an advantage, a limitation that forced me to rely on composition to tell the story.
To this day, b&w is kinda my soft spot, and I'll often flip the camera into b&w to force myself into that mode. I like how it becomes a very different art when you remove color from the equation.
But sometimes I'll just let the color do the talking. Like here. I was rushed - had to get back home because everyday life awaited - so I wasn't thoughtfully composing as much as I was rapidly grabbing whatever snagged my interest. I like fast-shoots like this because you get to rely on your gut instinct. And as soon as I saw this tree, my gut told me the color was the story. And if I waited so much as another day to take it, the magic would be gone.
Your turn: How does color touch you?