CONTRAST: A Black & White Series
PHOTOGRAPHY AND WORDS BY JAHAN SABER
“Superficial” - appearing to be true or real only until examined more closely. What fascinates me about film photography is that there is always a strong element of truth behind it.
I started shooting film in 1996 when I was just a little kid. In high-school I invested into digital, which I enjoyed for a long time. After graduating school, I attended evening classes on photography while going through my university degrees.
I started working as a photographer in 2014. I quickly got tired of the neverending conquest of perfection with digital photography though.
Digital photography has turned into a full-time craft and profession, it’s a business. Analog film photography has shifted into something
Whenever I’m shooting I’m not actively making objects look pretty. There’s always a danger of falling into a trap of wanting to enhance your work.
Photography is real when it’s stripped off the facade of implication that is so often forced onto it. Most of my photography is street based. The streets are the blood vessels of our planet. We flow through them. Everyone meets in them. It’s the counterpart to what happens indoors. Black and white film reduces the chaos and underlines the symbolism of the subjects.
Growing up in a family of architects, I intuitively always had a desire to seek out structure and form. There’s a sense of serenity in finding the metaphysical framework of an image. This is where I lose myself when I shoot. Photography is a leap of faith. Like jumping off a cliff face and plunging into the sea. You gather yourself - observe your surroundings. You take the first step and start running - you wind the shutter, move with your subject, follow it and connect with it. Then you jump - you release the shutter and if time stood still, there is a moment in time where nothing but the power of light alters chemistry to your demand.
Finally, as if being ripped out of a dream, you hit the water - the shutter returns, the frame is grabbed and your subject has altered its state. This is the ongoing process that I encounter with each and every frame that I shoot. I strive to make my shots genuine, honest and real. It allows the images to be haptic. This is what I want to portray with these images.
Every moment is a statement that enables you to question the metaphysical structure of it. It’s the banality of everyday life that makes it intriguing and that make you question them. It’s the banality that makes you examine them closer, and then realize their truth and reality can be beautiful too.