Colour Transects

Colour Transects

The images attached are examples of an idea I saw a few years ago by photographer and author Niall Benvie.  So, what’s it all about?  His explanation is, I quote, “There are two main ideas behind Colour Transect images.  Firstly, they draw the viewer’s attention to the diversity of colours present in a scene – often much greater than they imagine. Secondly, Colour Transects hold the viewer’s attention for longer than a “normal” photograph as they speculate where the colours have been sampled from. The approach puts colour to the fore rather than treating it as an incidental element.” I fully agree, there are some occasions you just can’t work out where a colour has come from!

The method of carrying out the work involves dividing up the image using a grid system and taking colour samples from each small area, then inserting those samples in the boxes below. This is the same technique used on a much larger scale to study the diversity of flora and fauna in any given environment.        

It was also inspiration from Niall that got me interested in the High Key Field Studio Technique, that I posted last week. I have always enjoyed doing other things with my photography other than just work for club competitions etc, as important as that is!  

I’ll keep some of those ideas for another day. As always… give it a try.




John Dadley

I have been a member of the Grimsby Photographical Society since 2016 and now serve as the Honorary Vice President, a position I am proud to fill. I started my photographical journey at the tender age of 10 years old. At that time my camera of choice was not really of choice, it was all we had. lt was the famous Kodak Box Browne. Back in those days, most families had a camera of some sorts and it would be brought out to record momentous family events. you know the sort of things - weddings, new babies, christenings, the kids opening their presents at Christmas, and showing off their new school uniforms at Easter. For reasons of economy (my Dad said), no matter how special the occasion was "two or three SNAPS! would be enough to sum up the event". This meant that the 12- exposure roll of film could last the whole year round and longer in some cases. There was one family I know that had pictures of their daughter's christening and wedding on the same roll of film (sadly processed by the subject after her parents passing some years later). Fast forward a few years, and a few cameras, oh boy has it changed. As much as I love all the new gear and new technology, (Yes I'm a gadget freak). I'm glad to have had a background in the days of film where I cut my teeth not only learning camera and lighting skills but also the processing and development of my images. I spent many many hours in the darkroom trying just about everything there was to try. Serving in the Army for 25 years opened up the world for me and gave me the sorts of opportunities that are hard to come by in most other walks of life. I would hasten to add at this point, that I was not an "Army Photographer" (that is a specialist trade). I was more a solider with a camera! As my skills developed over the years I was able to turn this hobby of mine to good use not only for military purposes but for social use too, recording the ups and downs of service life.

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