I was recently reading an interview with photographer Nathan Landers and it got me thinking: What would my images look like if I stripped them back, if I made them less about trying to achieve visual perfection and more about the story? So I went back into my catalog to give it a shot.

This is a series Jooj and I shot on a steamy summer morning in a creek behind her house. In the original images, the background was lush with green. But there’s something about the simpleness of black and white. There’s something about the return to the basics, to the days spent in a high school yearbook darkroom learning the craft beyond the click of the shutter.

“I love that grainy, out of focus imperfect look.” — Nathan Landers

Author: Mike Maney

Communication Advisor. Photographer. Former Calvin Klein Underwear Model. Hey, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.

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Originally published at on May 19, 2020.

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