“In black and white, there are more colors than color photography, because you are not blocked by any colors so you can use your experiences, your knowledge, and your fantasy, to put colors into black and white.”– Anders Petersen
My images are mostly monochrome, it’s where I feel most comfortable, where the viewer can provide the color and emotion as they see it. But I also believe in art for arts sake.
Without the need for deep introspection, I feel that images can provide a way of bringing color and pleasure into our homes and offices, offering momentary ways of harmlessly distracting us from the reality of this life. So without apologies, I also collect ‘wall art’, gathering colorful images that I can reproduce in any size, just for gazing.
I have no particular style, more eclectic though my subjects often reflect wabi sabi, a life of imperfections where “nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.” From rural Australia and from my extensive travels throughout Asia, my collection is gathered from the streets of small towns and barangays, the abandoned farms and from the forgotten moments in the lives of total strangers.
As James Kavanaugh wrote, “I am one of the searchers. There are, I believe, millions of us. We are not unhappy, but neither are we really content. We continue to explore life, hoping to uncover its ultimate secret.”
These are among the moments that reflect my own ongoing search.
Jason Gregg 2021