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Seeing through Black and White: It’s Really Black and White, Say No To Drugs!

Sometimes, the best way to capture what’s really interesting and important at an event that’s exploding with color is to shoot it in black and white.

In February this year, I went to watch the first round of DanceWorks 2012, which was for youths under the age of 13 years. As DanceWorks is an annual nationwide anti-drug dance competition for youths aged 25 years and under, I knew I could expect a lot of energy at the show!

Unfortunately, I got there later than expected and found a huge crowd already gathered around the venue, so I wasn’t able to get a good spot to photograph the kids performing.

Thankfully, as I wasn’t sure what to expect, I brought a couple different color and B&W films to the event. Given that I won’t be shooting the colorful costumes, I decided to capture the action around the main stage instead. So I loaded a roll of Ilford Delta 400 delta professional film expired in 2001 into my Olympus PEN EE-2 and off I went.

Being vertically challenged (I’m not that tall), I knew I had to find high-ground to get a bird’s eye view of the event. Or raise my camera over the heads of the people in front of me, take a snap and hope for the best.

Then again, I could follow this elderly lady’s approach, which I didn’t for obvious reasons.

But when I saw gaps, I took the opportunity to squeeze in and take some shots.

I tried to get as close to the action as possible, but I was not able to get a good vantage point.

Since I was not able to get a good shot of the performers, I decided to photograph the photographers among the crowd instead.

At this stage (no pun intended), I decided that since I could not get to watch the performance, I might as well try photographing the performers at the back stage getting ready for their turn.

Though I wasn’t able to watch the energetic dance performances, I had loads of fun photographing the happenings around and behind the main stage. The real challenge was to blend in with the crowd and be as discrete as possible when photographing the crowd and individuals that caught my attention.

written by uncle_jay

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