Guest Post – Cheryl Atkins

Black And White Photography, Cheryl, Photography

It’s my pleasure to introduce our newest guest contributor Cheryl Atkins. I have been following her work for a while now I think she will be a perfect fit for the Monochromia team. I hope you enjoy her work as much as I do.

The Contact

I took this shot in the Old City of St Augustine in January, 2016. Armed with my Fuji X-T2 with the 23mm f/2 attached I set out to get as close as I could to my subjects. I chose different locations and stood on corners or sat on benches while waiting for the shots I wanted. St. George Street was very busy with tourists and locals a lunchtime. I spotted this window and pointed my lens at the young woman there. I hoped she would look up and give me the eye contact I wanted. After about five minutes she did.

Fuji x-t2 and  23mm f/2 – 1/800 @ f/5.6 – ISO 1600
My name is Cheryl Atkins and I am a street photographer who lives in Baltimore, Maryland in the US. I attended art school for awhile after graduating from high school. There I had my first encounter with a camera and shot and developed film as part of the curriculum in my lead up to becoming a painting major. My parents “encouraged” me to leave art school and go to a college that would provide me with a degree with which I could get a job. So, I left art school and traveled for a year in an old Volvo with two cats and a ne’er do well boyfriend. After several years of working I went back to school and got my degree in Mass Communications. I didn’t use it. I missed the creative outlet of painting and photography. Fast forward another decade or so and I began to enjoy the process of designing the renovations my husband and I did in our real estate business. Then I bought a Kodak EasyShare for a trip we were taking to Canada. That did the trick and I have been shooting ever since. I quickly graduated to the Canon system with a Rebel xsi and moved through to full frame not too long after that. I still have my Canon gear but switched to Fuji for its smaller size and unobtrusiveness. I got into shooting street about twelve years ago. For the first five years I shot exclusively from a moving car driven by my husband because of the crime in my city. Once in awhile if I  find myself getting repetitive I will take a break from shooting street for a week but I always go back. I am constantly amazed at how different the same area of a town can be on different days or even at different hours on the same day; the change of weather, the available light and the people there. I love it and never tire of it.I would like to thank Joe for offering this wonderful opportunity to me. I hope all of you will enjoy my work.You can follow me on Instagram – here
Or on Flickr – here