When I was a kid, black and white photographs were the only thing I ever saw because color film wasn't readily available. So everything I viewed, including photographs, TV and movies, were all in black and white.
And back then, it just seemed normal. That is until everything turned color, and then everything in black and white appeared outdated and boring in comparison.
Yet it's funny, because now whenever I look at anything shot in black and white, I think, "OMG...how faaaaaaabulous!"
There is something so simple and clean about black and white film, yet at the same time very emotional and dramatic. With black and white you see more of a contrast between shadow and light. And most of your professional photographers and filmmakers will tell you, it's much more challenging to shoot in black and white than in color.
And one of my all-time favorite landscape photographers (and environmentalist) was Ansel Adams, because he was infamous for his black and white photography. He did shoot in color, but he preferred black and white because he felt that color could often be a distraction. His photographs are truly amazing because they're so raw and powerful. When you look at Ansel Adams photographs, you feel them in your heart because his love and respect for nature shines through.
And no one captured a sky or landscape like he did.
|Snake River in Wyoming - Ansel Adams|
So today, I would like to share some of my own photographs to honor a time when that's all there really was.
Black & White.
Icy River Rocks
Water And Steel
The Secret Door
Detail In Architecture
Schuylkill River Waterfall