We see and live in a world of color. It’s hard to imagine it any other way. In fact, we use the word “colorless” to describe something that is dull, tedious or boring. In photography however, nothing could be farther from the truth.
Black-and-white images are timeless, and sometimes the lack of color transforms the subject into a realm that isn’t abstraction, but isn’t reality either. A black-and-white image deconstructs the scene and reduces it to its forms and tones. Distracting colors are recast as subtle shades of gray that add to a composition.
My challenge to you this month, is to let go of our color dependencies to create a fascinating image and instead use light and contrast to lead the eye through your image. Look at shapes, tones and textures in your frame as points of interest.
If you’d like to participate, just email 1-2 photos you’ve taken for the assignment (prior to our next meeting) to email@example.com. Submissions will be assembled in slide show form and shared at the meeting for open discussion and feedback.
Camera Club Members…cast your vote!
After the club meeting in September, a link will be provided here to allow members to vote their top 5 favorites!