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Topic: Making the Case for Black & White in Photography
We live in a world of color- it dominates much of the what we see on the internet, social media, publications etc. However, what is the impact on a scene or subject when presented in absence of color?
Mike Baker will share his perspective on Black and White (B&W) photography including tips on pre-visualization; that is, learning to form an image in your mind’s eye on how a scene will translates to B&W before clicking the shutter. This will help the photographer to hone in on subjects and compositional elements that translate well into black and white. Additionally, Mike will provide examples of subjects that lend itself well to Black and White.
In the end, you’ll discover that you’ll start to look at the world differently. You’ll become more aware of light – its quality and its direction. You’ll become a better photographer for it.
Mike Baker is an award-winning and published fine art photographer based in the Chicagoland area. Two of his greatest passions in life are travel and photography. Traveling on family vacations as a youngster helped to develop Mike’s desire to see places outside of his home state of Maryland. Further travel through previous military and current work assignments further broadened his view of the world via experiencing other cultures. Mike has been very fortunate to have traveled throughout North America, Europe and Asia (China), including his most recent adventures to Cuba. Both travel and photography has made Mike better appreciate his own home and culture as well as the people and lands he’s visited. Artist Statement Photography is an art of observation. It offers a creative outlet that allows Mike to capture interesting subjects in an ordinary place, transforming it into something extraordinary. Over the course of his photographic journey, Mike has developed that inner eye, that 3rd Eye that provides perception beyond ordinary sight. His work is most notable in the area of architecture, city-scape, and long exposure monochrome photography. Mike takes time to study his subjects, searching for patterns, shapes, light and shadow, and develops the image from this standpoint. Offering a surreal quality, Mike's images offer visions that often remain observed with suggested interpretations open to one's imagination.