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Kind of obsessed…

…with black and white right now.

Maybe I’m wishing that the world would present more obvious choices – seeing the world in black and white, as it were.

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5 responses

  1. Takes me back many years ago when I processed all my monochrome films, had my own darkroom. Colour is nice and catchy, but black and white is where the drama of photography unfolded. Very nice pic.

    March 3, 2012 at 6:24 am

  2. A friend and photographer who also takes beautiful black and white photos like yours, says that black and white captures the essence of reality whereas color is a distraction. There are times when I dive into color, but I keep getting drawn back into black and white.

    The texture in the surface of the water and the reflection are beautiful! Wonderful crisp detail as well!

    March 3, 2012 at 6:33 am

  3. MindMindful

    Perhaps instead of the stark choice being what you secretly hunger for, it’s stark clarity ………… encompasses choice, but includes more. And B & W photography gives a kind of clarity that color just cannot do.

    March 3, 2012 at 2:52 pm

  4. elmediat

    Excellent composition. The B&W is very effective. It is interesting how colour and B&W can change the way we process information. One of the examples I used with my media literacy class involves the JFK funeral. When they compared groups of students who watched the event in colour versus those who watched it in B&W, the ones who saw it in colour recalled emotional impact and highlights. Those who watched it in B&W recalled events in a more linear detailed way, less emotional toning.
    I always feel the old B&W horror/suspense movies were more effective in building tension and did not have to rely on rapid shock (intense visual images = lots of blood & gore). Film Noir only works in B&W, everything else is blueish or overly stark with flashes of colour.

    March 3, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    • That’s very cool. I am (sort of) red/green color-blind, so the world is quite a different place for me than it is for many others. I can see color but not process it very well. I’m often amused by students who try to make sense of the world for me when I tell them this.

      In a sense, black and white photography takes a lot of the guesswork out of the process for me.

      Also, I think “The Artist” winning Best Picture this year isn’t confirmation that many people like the clarity of black and white.

      March 3, 2012 at 6:00 pm