Black & White

I had to chance to photograph in black & white -the first time for a long while. Albeit in digital b&w but the ‘feel’ and approach to the portrait was quite different from doing colour. I used to shoot mostly b&w up until about 2005 when I dismantled by darkroom and relocated to Shanghai from Australia. Those were the days … all day sessions under the infra-red, breathing in the chemicals, radio on, … mmmm. Only taking breaks for tea, lunch and a beer along the way.

American author and screenwriter Kirk Kjeldsen needed a portrait for the back-cover of his new novel, and the HK publisher (so as not to clash with any color cover design) had requested b&w. We went into a few laneways in the French Concession, a similar environment to that used in his novel, and shot near dusk. A couple samples from the shoot here …

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