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Why I Chose Color: Ephemeral Shores + RPS Honors Drew

Drew Doggett’s Studio is pleased to announce Drew’s recent Distinction from The Royal Photographic Society as an Associate (ARPS).

This is the second highest honor awarded to photographers for ‘images of exceptional standard’ with ‘complete control of the technical aspects of photography.’ As a supplement to his distinction by the RPS as having a mastery of his craft, we would like to delve further into the process in one of Drew’s recent series, Ephemeral Shores—his first ever in color.


It’s a very conscience decision to use black and white—it eliminates all the distractions from specific attributes of subjects and allows a pure, focused ability to craft the image in a way that color may be a distraction. It wasn’t until seeing the ‘Neskowin Ghost Forest’ along the remote Oregon Coast that I knew there was no other way to conquer the beautiful hues of this region other than do my first color photography series. 

The black and white palette allows Drew the tools he needs to bring awareness and distinction to a location, to people, and to identify subjects possibly overlooked. Throughout his career, his aesthetic has always focused on helping his audience to register moments he consciously seeks for their unlocked potential. The ‘Neskowin Ghost Forest’ is disappearing quite rapidly, which you can read more about here on the blog. After traveling to some of the most remote places in the world, it is a distinguishing characteristic of this series that no other location left such an indelible impression – and an urge to use color.

I knew I had to show the identity and character of this location. Not only was it another necessary dimension for this particular series, but important for the diversity and development of my work. I continuously feel the drive to push and expand my palette.

Neskowin Reflected

About the RPS : The Royal Photographic Society has been around for over a century. They have one of the greatest, most diverse photography collections in the world and have also honored Elliott Erwitt and Steve McCurry. The RPS began collecting at the request of Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert.

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