By James Wiley
16 Jul 2012
I have been a photojournalist and sports photographer for most of my life. However, photography is much more than a job for me, it is a passion. Over the years, I have always found time for my personal work. This is a portion of it.
CHIAROSCURO (Italian for clear-dark)
In art, a term for contrast between light and dark, usually applied to bold contrasts affecting a whole composition.
I have always been fascinated with the 'black and white' in black and white photography. This body of work is a result of that fascination. Influenced by the cinematic 'Film Noir' period of the 40's and 50's and by the work of photographer Bill Brandt, I have compiled a series of images that emphasize drama and mystery. It is much more about style than subject matter as the goal is always a final print of high contrast featuring deep, rich blacks and brilliant whites.