For the last year and a half or so I’ve done very little photography except for a few snapshots I’ve done around town with my phone. Most of what I’ve done here in LA, with a few exceptions have been just that… snapshots that can be fun to look at both now and a few years down the road. They can even be fun enough to post to the blogs for the amusement of anyone who happens to stumble across them, but few make me stop and think to myself that yeah… that’s me. They’re records of where I’ve been lately, which is fine, but they leave a gnawing feeling of dissatisfaction, a feeling that though some of them may be flashy there’s no real meat on their bones. I had to take some time to reflect on what photography as an art form means to me.
I’ve always been partial to black and white photography. I’ve done plenty of color and will continue to do it, but black and white is what really feeds my spirit and I need to be honest with myself and honor that. I’ve set up gallery sites a few times, but I’ve always sat back to look at them, shook my head and said no they’re not right, and taken them down. They weren’t right, and I knew it.
I started one back up again, and made the change that I’d been hesitant to make before. I’ve made it a black and white gallery only. No color prints. Of course a voice starts chirping in the back of my head… “but what if someone wants a color print?” The answer is quite simple — they’ll have to look somewhere else. There’s plenty of color out there, some of it magnificent. It’s not hard to find.
I may decide at some point to offer color prints. Maybe not. I do shoot in color of course — places like Koreatown and Hollywood are colorful places and deserve color images, but most of those will be personal snapshots, and a few will probably become blog posts and notecards. For now, anything that goes onto the print gallery will be black and white. Take a look.
pj johnson — photographer
how you can help
An important part of this journey will be raising funds through this blog. Whether we like it or not, the fact is we need money to do things. I have three ways below in this sidebar that you can help if you're willing and able.
First, I have a selection of notecards and a calendar available through Redbubble, and the selection will be growing as I add new work.
I also have some affiliate links, and again I will be adding a few more. If you regularly buy from these places, it would be a wonderful thing if you went there through these links. It won't cost you any more and I make a small commission from every sale made through this site. It all helps.
Then I have a crowdfunding page at GoFundMe where you can simply donate. Any amount, and 10% of all money raised will in turn be donated to NPCA on behalf of our national parks.
You will find links to all of that below, and thanks in advance for your support.
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