Eugene Oregon Documentary Photography by Cliff Etzel

I’m beginning to see the subtle influences viewing the work of @williamalbertallard in his seminal book “The Photographic Essay”.

Allard’s selected work enclosed in this book forever changed the way I see color as a documentary photographer. The use of slow ISO Kodachrome with Leica Rangefinders and wide open apertures in marginal lighting conditions really was the defining shift in my work.

This image is part of a self assigned photo story I shot as part of my community visual journalism blog LaneCounty360 of a local grange hall that puts on local community dances every 3 months. It brings together all ages and colors and provides a safe place to have fun. These teenagers are having a snack while taking a break from the activities of the dance.

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