Back in the day, I felt most comfortable working in monochrome and suspect I gravitated toward events and subjects that I felt were best captured in black and white. I shot in colour professionally only when it was demanded or expected, and rarely for aesthetic reasons. Consequently, I have a mere handful of colour rolls from gigs, most shot alongside the monochrome as an insurance policy against potential darkroom disasters.
Scanning, processing and revisiting the images has reaffirmed that colour is my medium for candid capture and the quality of the images reflect that I think. It’s no surprise given colour neg and print processing was ‘king’ for many years before the arrival of digital. It’s how I, and many others started out documenting our lives in pictures, using those instamatic and 135mm ‘happy snappy’ cameras and tactile photo albums throughout the late 20th century and early noughties. Doc K.E.