Lakeside in black and white
All of this US election coverage has me a little jaded. I know the vote won’t immediately impact us in Canada, but it sure will indirectly and I feel for those trying to make a decision. I wrote about Agnotology a while ago and wish that it were easier to wade through coverage to determine what is true versus a nice line to grab voters’ attention. The idiom “black and white” can be related to having a clear choice and I think for some, this election is anything but. Luckily, in photography, it is a little easier.
While processing some of my photos from last week, I realised that some of them might be more compelling in black and white. It is a style of photography which I have not really explored and I’m learning that not every photo converts nicely. The biggest requirement is contrast, although there are many other factors to consider (I’ve got lots of reading to do).
The peeling white paint is highlighted nicely in this photo of the fruit packing house at Fintry.
After taking this photo, I was checking my camera settings and looked up to see six deer walking in front of the building. I think they were as startled as I was and did not stick around long.
The lighthouse is a pretty robin’s egg blue at the top, but the structure stands out well from the background in black and white. Kind of fitting for the grey and wet day.
Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected. Robert Frank
The last one was an easy choice to try in black and white as the few yellow leaves left on the tree did not convey the splendour of fall. The tree looks lonely out on the beach but it must be pretty strong as it would get battered by waves there.
Happy Halloween everyone!