Minimalism in Color photography

For almost 1 year, I tried shooting mostly black and white street photographs. I've always wanted to be good at shooting color but I just can't seem to get consistently good shots. Feeling dismayed, I decided to focus on black and white photographs. I even wrote a blog about going back to BW and leaving color photography indefinitely (HERE). Besides, I think it's what I capture best anyway so why not hone it even more?

But recently, I found myself shooting more and more color photographs and actually starting to see a style slowly developing. I'm slowly recognizing color patterns and contrasts. My eye just started to see more than just people's emotions and actions. 

Esplanade, Singapore. 2018  One of the color photographs I took that I started seeing a style I can potentially develop.

Esplanade, Singapore. 2018

One of the color photographs I took that I started seeing a style I can potentially develop.

Minimalism in my color Street Photography

When I found myself favoring color photographs, there was a noticeable style emerging from my images. Majority of the picture has muted colors while a bright piercing colors reel the viewer's eye towards it. 

Parliament Place, Singapore. 2018  Gray tone, almost desaturated scene with striking yellows to hook the viewer;s eye.

Parliament Place, Singapore. 2018

Gray tone, almost desaturated scene with striking yellows to hook the viewer;s eye.

Minimalism is the best word I can find to describe it. devoid of distractions and nothing but the harmony of color contrasts. Sometimes I see a combination of colors, sometimes I see an individual color that is strong enough to carry itself as the major anchor of the picture.

There is a majority of monotonous tones in my recent color work with a combination of colors breaks the silence of the seemingly quite image.

City Hall, Singapore. 2018  Muted color combinations complimenting the monotonous tone of the T-rex

City Hall, Singapore. 2018

Muted color combinations complimenting the monotonous tone of the T-rex

Esplanade, Singapore. 2018  Another muted background with reds and yellow to break the monotonous.

Esplanade, Singapore. 2018

Another muted background with reds and yellow to break the monotonous.

Recent Application

A few weeks ago, Fujifilm held a nationwide photowalk here in the Philippines headed by our team leaders (RT and Kyle) we explored the municipality of Angono within the province of Rizal. As usual, I allowed myself to let my instinct dictate the photographs I would usually take. But my eye just keep on noticing colors in which I never held myself back and allowed myself to capture what my I think was good.

Conclusion

This time, it seems there is a clearer path where my color street photographs will head to. The simpler the colors, the more it seems to work well for me. The lesser the distractions, and the more obvious, the more it becomes pleasing to me. I might stick with this for a while and see what it'll bring to the table.

Yes, I'll still go heavy on black and white work. ;)