Does everything in life have to be black and white?
I’m someone who loves colour in my life, so shooting in black and white isn’t something I generally do unless it’s for a photo challenge, like #sundaystills this week. Challenges are just that – a challenge, so I can’t shirk it!
Add even then I couldn’t resist adding in a photo or two with a pop of colour!
Like this one.
Some black and white photos I’ve used in my blog over the years:
My thoughts on black and white
I’m not a ‘real’ photographer like many of those who blog, but I do like using my own photos wherever possible.
I enjoy snapping shots that appeal to me, either on my iPhone or on my Olympus camera ( a generous 60th birthday gift from my sister and brother-in-law, who are ‘real’ photographers). I think this makes me a certain ‘type’ of photographer, I do know what I like and I try to capture what appeals to me.
Having said that I do like a challenge!
I enjoy the texture of black and white photos, the drama they can create, maybe due to the fact that colour has been removed, as it can be a distraction for some.
Black and white photos also have a certain edginess about them and are great for street photography and portraits.
My sister provided me with her thoughts on black and white photography and as usual she says it perfectly:
Black and white photography presents an abstracted version of reality. In the absence of colour, other elements become important – tone, form, line, contrast – and it allows us to see differently.Sharon Pittaway (my sister, who is a real photographer)
Thanks to Terri for the opportunity to move outside my comfort zone (again) and allowing me to share some of my favourite black and white photos. I look forward to seeing what others have shared this week. Terri’s post is here – Your Best Black and White photos – so have a look at her shots and maybe some of the others who have left their links in the comments.
Situations are rarely black or white; the truth lies somewhere in-between.Frank Sonnenberg
Spring green is next week’s prompt and as we are entering autumn down here, it will be fun to see how those on the other side of the world are welcoming spring colour into their lives.
Do you enjoy black and white photography – either taking it or looking at it?
To my mind there are no black and white situations – it’s all part of life.
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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