For the creation of this book, I was inspired by early color photographers such as William Eggleston and Stephen Shore. William Eggleston is known as a street photographer who specialized in color film and worked with the dye-transfer process that created his vibrant images. He used Kodachrome film and mostly shot with Leica and Canon Rangefinder Cameras. Stephen Shore is known for capturing his road trips across America using color photography. He used a Rollei 35 as well as large format cameras. Both of these photographers are known for starting the color photography movement. They both are American street photographers that capture everyday life as it is but emphasize and focus on the color around us. This element of focusing on creating color schemes with everyday items is something I'm trying to achieve within my own work. Although these photographers style and subject differ from my own they inspire me in what I hope to achieve.
(Left - Eggleston, William 1999)
I’ve been considering color in my artwork for as long as I can remember. I’m always intrigued by an object’s visuals, and most importantly its color. I will buy something entirely because of its color. I always wished society could make our everyday items look more visually pleasing. I realize this is a farfetched dream but I create my own spaces and my own artwork to be in pleasing colors to satisfy myself. I like to keep myself well organized and this is also apparent in my work. My concept is to create a color study in everyday life through objects, clothing, and architecture. I want to emphasize the importance of color in our everyday lives. I first chose the subjects of familiar everyday items including food, toothbrushes, and t shirts. I then wanted to look further by seeing color in our outside by world by looking at architecture and in transportation, specifically cars. These items surround us and are subjects of our daily use, their colors always apparent although we may grow numb to them from constant exposure.
To execute this concept, I went through a variety of steps and techniques. I first thought of objects, clothing, and buildings I already knew would work the way I wanted to. Then when I was out in my everyday schedule, I started seeing colors in things I wasn’t planning on shooting, like noticing the color of your coffee cup for example. Another process I used was actually searching for color when I went out looking for buildings or going on market trips. As I was building my imagery, I started to develop color schemes or color groupings that would flow together.
Looking back at my time capturing and collecting these images I wish I would have had my camera own my person at all times. I was constantly seeing things I could have captured if I had my camera with me. After this process, I noticed more satisfying color schemes than I ever did before. Color became more important to me the more I considered it.