Looking At The World In Black And White

With more time this winter to work on my photography, I am finding an increasing desire to work in black and white. Color is so seductive that a pretty hue on a flower or a sunset can turn my head so completely that I will fudge composition, balance and context just so I can use some gorgeous hue. Color in photography is like using glass in sculpture it can capture the observer so completely that an ordinary work can become special just by its presence.

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Take away color and the photographer’s “wiggle room” is lessened. Tonality assumes a very important role and proper balance becomes critical.

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And even in scenes where color is muted and not likely to cause the photographer or the viewer to misinterpret its importance, taking it away helps emphasise what really is there.

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JohnAmes

Bowtie Wearer With Bad Knees I spent my early years in Massachusetts in a little town called Easton. I went to Harvard, served in the Navy as Operations Officer on and LST, founded a construction company and served in the state Legislature as Assistant Minority Leader. However my life really began when I moved to Maine and opened an art gallery. I've been around the fine arts in the commercial art business for over 25 years now and loved (almost) every minute of it. I look at every day is a gift, except when it's very cold outside or I have to go to the dentist.

5 thoughts on “Looking At The World In Black And White”

  1. Stunning! Particularly love the first one ~ stretching bird and sea smoke. May need to purchase a copy of that one when you get back home. Bethany

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