“Black and white is mix of toughest simplicity and easiest complexity.” ~ Vikrmn, Corpkshetra
I’m a late arrival to this party, the black and white photo challenge, hosted by Anne Sandler. Better late than never?
“There are some locations I go to and they scream black and white to me because of the ambiance. For me, great black and white images fall into two categories: very dramatic with stormy skies and bold compositions and at the other end of the spectrum a calm and minimalist composition.” ~ Helen Rushton
Who could disagree with Ms. Rushton that some locations scream black and white?
Graveyards for instance? Not cemeteries – graveyards. There’s a difference.
The image below was shot on a sunny afternoon. It was washed out, bland. Editing to black and white the photo is suddenly transformed into a spooky moonlit, nighttime scene.
I almost always shoot in color in raw format, allowing me to edit a photo to black and white if I want to create a particular mood.
In color, the photo below of the old C&H Sugar refinery in Crockett, California is just a color photo of a sugar refinery. It did nothing for me until I dabbled in black and white and came up with an image that has a mysterious, gothic aspect.
Walking around the old town of Cuervo, New Mexico, for all intents and purposes a ghost town, you can get the feeling that spirits inhabit some of the old abandoned buildings.
“Black and white photography erases time from the equation.” ~ Jason Peterson
Maybe, but I’d like to think that black and white adds time to the equation. Old things and places don’t quite look so old in bright colors.
Black and white puts the ghost into ghost signs.
If a tree isn’t in full bloom or leafy glory, leave it to black and white to bring out it’s character.
Below, trees that fell victim to California wildfires.
Banner photo: A lonely section of Route 66 in the Mojave Desert.