The first three years I was working as a photojournalist I shot exclusively in color. As a matter of fact I had very little interest at all in black and white and it was not until years later that I was trying to prove a point and make a joke, that I started working with black and white in depth (it is funny story and I will tell it in detail at another time.) The point is that when I started working in black and white I really enjoyed it and also found a lot of meaning in it. It was when I first started photographing war and I fascinated that current black and white images looked so similar to the images captured in other conflicts throughout the years, such as World War II, Vietnam etc. To me, this showed how little has changed over the years and is a powerful and important point to make.
Over the past few years I have done less and less work in color and for the most part I am happy with the timeless and moody quality that black and white provides. However, shooting full time, year after year can get a bit boring so I am always experimenting and trying out new techniques.
Recently I have been experimenting with split toning images. The process involves adding separate color hues individually the shadow and highlight channels of an image. Normally this is done with black and white images but recently I have also been experimenting with its effects on color images. This process, when done subtly, does not actually change the colors in the image but it does alter the hues in the darkest and lightest portions of the image. The effects are surreal and moody, so of course I like them. Here are a few of my first experimental images shot recently in Istanbul:
Children playing ball in the back of a pickup truck on the streets of Istanbul.
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