A few months ago my wife suggested we take a road trip to Ohio to visit family. I love road trips, and I thought this would be a good way to kick off the summer. At the same time, there have been some things I've wanted to do differently with my photography. Nothing along the lines of radical changes, but minor tweaks to my workflow and some experimental approaches to shooting in general. Thus, The Ohio Diaries was born.
The crux of The Ohio Diaries was a challenge I gave myself to shoot exclusively without editing or post-processing while, at the same time, defining a consistent style across the family of images that would comprise the project. In short, I was very pleased with the results, and exceptionally pleased with the experience overall. When all was said and done, I shot more than 800 photographs and created a series of narratives focused on self-reflection and contemplation while on the road.
To achieve the unique look of the images throughout the project, I shot exclusively with my Fujifilm X-T2 mirrorless camera with the color profile set to Classic Chrome. In addition, I made a series of custom profile changes to achieve the overall look I wanted. My intention was to produce deep shadows and strong, contrasty images that were somewhat subdued in color, save for a few particular spots of saturation. From the results of the project, there are some minor things I would do differently next time, but overall I feel the product of my efforts matched exactly what I was hoping for when I initially set out to create The Ohio Diaries.
In the future, I may talk more about the specific settings I played with in the camera to achieve the visual style for The Ohio Diaries, as well as the next round of modifications I make to correct some of the visual artifacts that didn't work as I intended. In the meantime, if you haven't already taken a look through The Ohio Diaries, you can re-trace the journey by following the link below.