52 week photography project – Week 11: Black and White

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I have written before how much I love Spring, the flowers, the colour, the new life and in particular my magnolia tree. I always take copious shots hoping for one that’s just right.

So you can imagine how wrong I felt turning this one into black and white for Week  11 of our 52 week photography project.  The theme this week was Black and White.

Magnolia in black and white for Photographer's choice 52 week photography project
Magnolia in black and white

It seemed almost sacrilegious to take a photo of my magnificent magnolia flowers in black and white, but I must say I was surprised at how much I liked the end result.  Black and white has a certain power; I feel the magnolia’s beauty shines through.

This week’s photos were another great mix of everyone’s black and white personalities. We had shots of London, sculptures from a Tulip Festival, a studio shot, a bike riding partner, a cryptic crossword puzzle, a black shoe/white sock combo as well as my magnolia flower.  You’ll have to click the link to go and check them all out.


My alternative shot this week (I always seem to have two to choose from) was the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey which is happening at the moment at the ludicrous cost to the taxpayer of $122 million dollars.  It’s a black and white issue for many.

And yes you read that right – $122 million!

You may not realise (like me) that WordPress decided to show their support for marriage equality by displaying a rainbow coloured bar on all Australian blogs during this period.  Apparently it cannot be removed for individual sites and they say they respect everyone’s rights to publish the content you choose to your site but the navigation bar styling reflects WordPress.com’s stance as a company.  The rainbow bar will remain until after the survey results are released on November 15 2017. I had noticed the rainbow ribbon on my blog but didn’t know what was behind it until I did a search. So it seems it’s not all black and white after all!

WordPress rainbow ribbon


What’s the story behind the 52 week photography project?

I have joined with 6 photographers, of varying experience, to take a photo every week for a year, one theme at a time. That’s 52 weeks of photos!

It’s turned into a bit of a family affair actually with my sister Sharon, who takes amazing photos of flowers among other things; my brother-in-law Tim, who takes gorgeous shots of everything; my nephew Daniel; a talented photographer; my husband Grant who started photography back in the old days of film and DIY developing and processing; my daughter Melanie, who is a travel blogger and photographer; as well as Alison, a close friend of my sister’s who is an experienced wedding photographer. You can read more about us all here on the About page.  I especially enjoy the regular contact it gives us all too and the connections we make each week.

I’ve been assured it’s all about creativity, not necessarily photographic expertise. I am enjoying the challenge of looking for suitable shots as soon as the next week’s theme is announced, it takes over my thinking until I’ve taken my shot and sent it in. Then I can relax a bit!  It’s also fun wondering what the others will come up with, you just never know what you’re going to get!

Each week for 52 weeks…

Each week we are given a new theme and must take a photo, add some words and submit it to Tim who will compile a post on Sunday night.  He then tells us our next theme…and so on for 52 weeks! We all enjoy a bit of a comment session after the post goes live which is always fun.

Week 10: Photographer’s Choice

Week 9: The letter D

Week 8: Old fashioned/Vintage

Week 7: Lollies/sweets/candy

Week 6: The natural world

Week 5 – Up Close

Week 4 – Long Distance

Week 3 – Transport

Week 2 themeWinter

Week 1 theme – Self Portrait 

Black and White magnolia as part of 52 week photography project

It’s great to be involved in such a creative challenge with a small supportive group.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on our various takes on any of these themes.  Be sure to click on the link to check out the full post over on the blog 52 Weeks Photography Group.

Happy photographing! Let me know what you think of our photos this week, as always I appreciate your thoughts.

Deb 🙂

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12 Replies to “52 week photography project – Week 11: Black and White”

  1. Deb, much prefer the colour version of the magnificent magnolia. In my opinion to make a colour photo into a black and white, the contrast has to be more dramatic. Black and white photography is hard to do correctly. Hope you don’t mind me sharing my opinion of this, when it comes to photography I get just a bit passionate about the subject 🙂

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  2. I agree with Mariam. Even though the marriage equality question is black and white to me, it is still shockingly presumptuous of WordPress to impose their views on everyone’s site!

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