I'm looking forward to Spring.
So naturally my thoughts jumped to the Holi Festival of Colors, held annually in Spanish Fork, Utah.
I wanted to get back in touch with that "Spring" feeling, so I dug up the 1,100 or so photos I made at the Colors Festival April, 2013.
We've all seen a ton of these fun and very, very colorful photos. Like this one:
In looking back, I was curious about which ones worked without depending on that amazing color. I was curious if they worked Just Because they were colorful, of if they were strong enough to stand on their own without the color.
I used to work with picture editor/guru Bryan Moss at the San Francisco Chronicle. He stressed content over photo “tricks” and gimmicks. The color at this event can be so all-consuming that after a while it can take over. So I decided to strip out the color in my edit and see which ones still held my attention.
Bryan always said the best pictures are the ones that "make you FEEL something." That's always been part of my thinking since.
I found that when I stripped the color out of these, the faces and aspects of composition jumped out.
I ended up with these five that had moments in them that made me feel something.
The Holi Festival of Colors will be held March 29 & 30 in Spanish Fork. More information can be found here.
I was born in Bloomington, Minn., grew up in Sacramento, Calif., and somehow ended up in Salt Lake City, Utah. I became hooked on photojournalism while studying at Sacramento City College and basking in the brilliance and charisma of photo instructor Andy DeLucia. I graduated into The Biz in 1977 with photographer stints at The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento Union, and the San Francisco Chronicle, where I covered earthquakes, the World Series (sometimes those two were simultaneous), Super Bowls, and getting to work with the absolute best in the business. I later became the Director of Photography at the Chronicle. Then, I married TheBestChefInUtah, Lesli Neilson, and moved to Salt Lake City in 2005, first as Director of Photos at the Tribune, and now I'm back drinking the pure elixir as a photographer once again. Yep, I have geezer street-cred, and I'm doing my best to take grey hair to the coolest places in the West.
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