Sometimes it's just too grey and dreary outside to be bothered with outdoor photography and today was one of those days. I made the effort to go out to do our weekly food shop (mostly because the fridge was empty!) and inspiration struck as I unpacked the goodies I'd bought. Edward Weston's pepper photos are iconic and I did have a go at creating my own take on them a couple of years ago. On that occasion I felt my colour photos worked best so today I grabbed a green pepper from the shopping and took some photos with the express intention of converting them to monochrome. Last time I tried this experiment I used a torch for illumination but today I went with flash. I found this made me more creative as I was able to shoot handheld and sculpt the light by using a small softbox, changing the strength and proximity of the light until I got the result I wanted. I dare say no one would want to offer me $341,000 (the sum Weston's 'Pepper No.30' sold for in 2014) for my pepper but I'm still quite pleased with the dramatic, low key result of my experiment!
12 December 2016