William Toti's Photography Blog
To start with...
Forgive me in advance. I will not commit to blogging regularly, or even often. This blog will always be a journey.
Here's the deal: I won't waste your time by adding content when I don't have anything to say. But I hope you do check in periodically to see if there is something new and interesting here. My photography, as with any form of art, will always be evolving. To remain stagnant is to die.
Photographers learn and expand, their tastes change, and sometimes their styles evolve. How many abstract painters transitioned from cubism to other styles over time? So it is with folks like me.
My current interest is finding that juxtaposition between traditional landscapes and an "in the moment," journalistic style. The great French street photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson coined the phrase "the decisive moment" to describe photographs that had captured a moment in time that would never be repeated. My goal is to take the essence of Cartier-Bresson's concept, and apply it to landscapes. In that regard I hope you find unique, "decisive moments" in each one of my landscapes.
At the time of this writing my style involves big, bold colors. While I love black-and-white, color is my current medium. (I reserve the right to change my mind sometime in the future.)
To that end, I seek images that continue to expand my color palette. Today, New York may be found in a hue somewhere between violet and lavender, modulated by the artificial lighting that permeates the city. Tomorrow we may find it in a tone of blues and grays. The Palouse may be mostly green today, then veiled in a pink, misty fog tomorrow. A sunset scene may look orange in Iceland, pinkish in Norway. For me, those colors are more than an element of the image, they become a photographic objective themselves.
I hope you find this interesting. But if you don't, no worries. I never intended to please everybody. But I do hope that it pleases at least some of you.
More to come in the weeks and months that follow.
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