Retro flat colour


It’s exceptionally hard to replicate some of the magic of old colour films in the digital format because the mediums are not the same. There is a great appeal for that old ‘Kodachrome’ look made famous by American photographers such as William Eggleston.

I’ve fallen in love with the William Eggleston look, feel and drama. His work is often categorised as Street Photography because the material is urban, yet the work was often void of people.

Untitled 1976 William Eggleston born 1939 Presented by Michael and Jane Wilson in honour of Sir Nicholas Serota (Tate Americas Foundation) 2017 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/L03901

My attempts

The beauty of the FujiFilm digital system is the striking inbuilt ‘film simulations’. One of those is called Classic Chrome which desaturates colour. I’ve used the Capture One software to again manipulate some of the colour settings to try to ‘age’ the following stills taken on a morning walk through Newtown.

Newtown flat
One way lane
Removals truck blocks George St

I’ve attempted to focus on composition as much as colour and/ or story. The images are intentionally flat but perhaps a little too dark. The morning was marked by flat light because of cloud cover. The next time I attempt the exercise will be with blue sky and harsh shadows.