What the Black and White Photo Challenge helped me see

Over the last several days I have been taking part in a little photo challenge that came my way through the interwebs. I am not sure of the rules, but I think the point is to post a black and white photo each day for five days, and then tag a few people who can do it next.

Before I continue with the rest of the post, here are the photos I took:
(yes there are 6 – I couldn’t decide which one to post out of two for today..!)

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I found it all to be a good exercise in observation.

Removing the colour from the photo while you’re taking it (these weren’t made monochrome after shooting) is a very neat way to force the eye to look for a more simple aesthetic. Instead of looking for the way the colours in the photo work, you can focus completely on the way the light and shadows interact.

This not only changes the way the the photographer sees the image, but it tends to change the nature of what is in the photo too. For example, the rose image: to me, the rose lost its delicate nature, and seems now to be much thicker and velvet-like than the real thing. (It actually reminds me more of an artichoke now, but that’s by the by…) The images also feel subdued to me, and much more ‘trapped in time’ than a colour photo may seem.

Maybe in part it is the nature of the content of my photos that gives me these impressions, I’m not exactly sure. But either way, I’ve enjoyed this little photo challenge, and I think I will be more conscious in the future about the way light interacts with objects and nature. An important thing to be aware of, when taking photos…

If you have taken some black and white photos, I would love to see them! 🙂

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