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Jory Vander Galien

Jory Vander Galien



  • Nikon D800e, Nikon D300s, Nikon D90
  • Nikkor 16-35mm, Nikkor 50mm, Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8, Nikkor 18-200mm VR II, Tokina 11-16mm, Sigma 17-70
  • Manfrotto

Behind the Shot: Shiprock and Duststorm

Published July 18th, 2014

People have been asking me to produce more work in color. Like Ansel Adams saw it, color is just not musical to me. One might have to be a musician to grasp this notion, but music and black and white photography are very much intertwined. The tones and pitches in music go hand and hand with the tonal scale on a black and white photograph. Color can take on so many dimensions and tones that it is difficult to even render a true emotion. Not that it cannot be done, but color is a completely different animal and life of its own.

So back to the question, “When are you going to make color work?” The truth is I always make color work, but I am not willing to let the world know it or see most of it. It has to be something different from me — something special. In fact, only my color work is now in limited edition. When I am setting up or even following weather forecasts before I get to a location, I already know what my image will look like in B&W before I get there or before it is processed ...

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