… or so some may have thought at one time. So how does someone who has grown up in technicolor and who stops in their tracks for bright bold color . . .
learn to see in Black & White?
I love B&W photography and there are photographers whose B&W images will stop me just as hard, both from the past when that was the only option to the present and B&W photography like that by Cole Thompson. A powerful or even serene black and white image does not need color to draw you in or set the mood. This is all accomplished using shapes & elements, contrast, composition and, of course, light. But even though I know of these key points, seeing them, for me, in B&W can be a challenge.
So I’ve recently gone back to the proverbial drawing board… again. Rewind about five years ago, I took a B&W film photography course (wow, that was five years ago already!) and even then, according to my post at that time, I struggled a bit. So, I guess it’s not surprising that I quickly gravitate back to all things color. However, like Jenny here,
who has hung in there, now at 14, so have I… and every now and then I give it another go… exploring my world in B&W. Learning is in doing…
It’s always fun coming across old photos. I’m guessing I was 3 or 4 here. A true California girl I am, which I am guessing is where these were taken. I recently came across a lot of old photos that my dad took and developed and my mom tucked away. I like to think they were her special memories.
I’ve been very busy behind the camera lately. I did a roll+ of portraits, a roll+ of a Civil War reenactment, a roll or two wandering around Philly, and for every roll I shot, I took 2 maybe even 3x shots more digitally. That equals a whole lot of processing. I posted a very small sample in my portraits gallery.
Thank you Amanda, JoAnna, & Meghan for being so patient with me (especially when a certain someone forgot to bring the film =0) and for being such great models. Look out America’s Next Top Model!
I emerged from the darkroom with 5 prints this week! And not just any five prints, but five prints that I actually consider . . . well . . . not half bad. Of course there are still the technical issues of the film developing I have to work around. But with a little perseverance and dad’s advice, I think I am finally getting the hang of this thing called film developing. I even have enough b&w photos that I started a new page in my gallery title Black & White (of course).
I learned an invaluable lesson this week. From now on I am taking two cameras: The film camera for the assignment and my digital camera to take the same photo as backup. I have lost too many pictures in the development process (pictures I really wanted to see). I am not taking any more chances.