I’ve done very little of what I would consider true high key work over the years. Earlier this year the inspiration hit me and it became obvious that this is something I wanted to explore. Much of my work over the years is high contrast with very deep shadows. I suppose it communicates or attempts to communicate a strong sense of power. High key speaks to me with a softer lighter message beyond the obvious that are the visual tones. To quote one of my collaborators, "They feel like a delightful glimpse into something that’s more innocent and pure than what is typically captured with high contrast black and white images".
I especially like the anonymous nudes in high key. It is truly a celebration of the female form offering no identity or emotion for the viewer to consider. Many are more comfortable with anonymous nudes. They also offer none of the visual distractions that high contrast or color images can introduce.
My intent is that this journey takes me well beyond the tones on the surface into deeper meanings, moods, feelings and emotions. I know not how long I will be on this journey, however I do know that I’ll give it fair opportunity to flourish.
I’m curious to discover how the constraint of high key will influence the work and ultimately what it will communicate.