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B + W

Film… digital…  I don’t care, I just love black & white photography.  Even a simple photobooth filmstrip holds some sort of nostalgia for me that color just doesn’t.  Classic, melancholy, emotional, it all translates so well in monochrome.  The need for tonal contrast is a great exercise for your eye, also.  Here are some selected recent b&w shots.  I know, it’s a short post, it was just bouncing around in my head.

  • August 23, 2010 - 4:53 am

    scotty - so colorful man.
    i wish i could be half as good as you.

  • August 23, 2010 - 10:01 pm

    Beth - Ohmahgosh your lil boy is SO cute!!

    But anyway, beautiful, beautiful post. There’s just something about b&w that is just wonderful.

  • August 24, 2010 - 1:15 pm

    melissa - I love that I can see how much you love what you do in your work. It’s fabulous Jay

  • August 28, 2010 - 10:02 pm

    Heather Elizabeth - What a beautiful set of images. That first one still gives me chills. Brilliant work :)

  • February 23, 2011 - 10:04 pm

    Rachel H - I feel the same way about B&W.


So I had a random dream last night which included a discussion with my dermatologist about business, and how he got to be so blasted popular.  See, it takes forever to get in for an appointment… subconscious being overactive? Anyway, he fake told me that to be as busy as he is, all someone has to do is follow his example: specialize in something people really want which has a built-in longevity and repeat business, be excellent at your specialty, cultivate the reputation for being THE one to go to for that specialty.  Not bad advice for a dream.

The quest to find a niche and a specialty is one of self-discovery and patient expectation.  That’s the polite, artsy way of saying it seems to take forever and I don’t want to wait any longer.  Sometimes it takes a step or three back to “see the forest for the trees,” so that part of the plan for this summer.  Bottom line is that the imaginary discussion taking place during REM-sleep has actually provided some humorously perfect direction.

Also, if you need a good dermatologist in the Eugene area, Jay Park is excellent – and he gives good counsel, too.

  • July 31, 2010 - 12:58 am

    Jeramie - Well you certainly have been following your own advice. I can’t imagine another photographer in Eugene making a living with you in town :) Anyways, beautiful work as usual and thanks for always being a good source of inspiration, even beyond the visuals.

  • July 31, 2010 - 1:54 am

    Melinda - Do you think he’ll bill you for the dream time consult? Is that covered by insurance?

    Love your images. And if you ever decide to teach a local lighting workshop I’d love to hear about it.

  • July 31, 2010 - 4:55 am

    Kim O'Neil - I agree with Melinda…teach us, please! :) And, I love your shots of the bride and groom on the beach. Your lighting and exposures are always perfect, Jay!

  • August 12, 2010 - 6:56 pm

    Liz - I love your portraits. They are some of my favorite in the biz.

  • December 17, 2010 - 1:42 am

    Seth - I had a dream I got punched in the face by Optimus Prime. Your dreams are way better than mine. You got great advice. I got punched in the face by a benevolent semi. On an unrelated note, I love your work.