Today things were different. It was one of those days when change was in the air. I met up with my friend Georgiana to take photos as we often do. We had already spoken about doing something out of our usual zone which had become a little comfortable. Georgiana has recently discovered Jane Birkin, chic, beautiful, stylish, feminine and of an era when cameras used film. Jane often used a woven basket as her handbag. She also had a fringe. It's something I guess most girls with long hair go through at some point in their lives. They've spent years growing their hair the same length all round but the time comes when they want something different. Perhaps triggered by other changes in their lives. It's usually fraught with fear of possible regret that years of hard work will be ruined with the snip & snik of shears. Thoughts of "what have I done" and "what if I hate it".
And so on the morning we met, Georgiana had just come from the salon where the deed had been done. Still unsure as to the difference her only chagrin was that it was a little shorter than she really wanted. I reassured her that it would soon grow and in a week or two would be exactly what she had hoped for. Possibly it was more different for me having got so used to seeing and photographing her with a full mop of hair. I thought it looked fabulous and really suited her. Combined with the flared jeans and white T the Birkin look was happening.
The second difference for the day was that we had decided to shoot in black & white in homage to the many beautiful photos of Jane taken on monochrome film. A feature of many digital cameras is the ability to make all the images on the rear screen appear with a certain effect. Sepia for that faded antique look, Landscape for brighter greens, Black & White and so many more. I always shoot in RAW mode which means the camera stores the information from the sensor exactly as it is with no modifications. With RAW shooting the camera still has to produce a small jpeg image to show on the screen and it is this file which has the monochrome effect applied to it. If you shoot jpeg only then what ever the camera does to your image is exactly what you will have for the rest of the life of the universe. Shoot RAW however and the image is yours to manipulate and tweak to your creative desires. A black & white RAW file still contains all the colour data, a black & white jpeg contains only black & white data so there's no changing your mind later.
Here are some of the great photos we got wandering around Regents Park and Marylebone. The sun was hot and bright so we shot in open shade, occasionally used a reflector and used some direct sun for super contrasty photos. I love the black & white theme and how it complements Georgiana's new look. Here is a google search of images that inspired us Jane Birkin