Back in the days when Film was king, particularly when shooting Black & White (or Monochrome as it is known to some), there was a technique by the name of pre-visualisation.

It was a technique that was used to assist the photographer in imagining what the colours of a scene would look like in Black & White?

This was important as obviously the Human eye only saw in colour.

Minor White, Ansel Adams and Edward Weston (& many others)  used the term to help explain the process that they underwent in creating their Art.

Fast forward to the Digital Age. I don’t seem to hear the term spoken about much these days when people photographing or producing Black & White images.

I would hazard a guess that many photographers these days shoot in colour and then process the images into Black & White via the many image manipulation programs about. A couple I know of go out and shoot with the camera set to Black & White as they rarely take colour images.

What do you think though?

Does pre-visualisation have a place in the Digital Age?

Do you still use it?

Written by David Johnson
August 27, 2013

Artists/Photographers who have influenced me: No.4

Harry Callahan (1912 – 1999)

I first discovered his Art in the very first book (set) I bought on photography, “More Joy Of Photography” (by the editors of Eastman Kodak).


“I love Art, because it doesn’t have rules like Baseball.” Harry Callahan

“The mystery isn’t in the technique, it’s in each of us.” Harry Callahan

Many of his images were made with either wide-angle or telephoto lenses and he was considered the master of the multiple exposure.

Photography, like life was an adventure to him and his advice to photographers was to embrace the adventure, to explore and experiment and try new things. Advice that is just as relevant in the Digital Age.

His Black & White images of architecture, Nature and his multiple exposures were my favourites. He ‘played with the mind of the viewer’ through simple, clean imagery. His people images (incl. the studies of his wife, Eleanor) were inventive and pushed the boundaries of the time. I was most fortunate to see his Art on display at the NSW Art Gallery, Australia

Thanks Harry Callaghan, I took your advice an embraced the adventure, and it is still as exciting today as it was when I first picked up that camera.  Written by David Johnson, August 27,2013


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