The black-and-white project – wrap up

Well, as September is “officially” over, my black and white project is technically done… although I have to say, it was actually quite enjoyable… kind of “getting back to my roots”.

I definitely found myself rusty at first… I find that shooting b/w definitely requires “seeing” the scene differently… very quickly though I fell back into my old habits from my film days, looking more at light/contrast/texture rather than color…

It’s amazing how some self imposed “restrictions” can really get you out of a rut creatively & doing things differently. Definitely going to be concentrating more on b/w in the near future (and I haven’t even gotten my 120 film processed yet!)

a quick gallery of some pics from the month too…

The black-and-white project…

I have to admit, I love black and white photography.   Either film or digital coversions, there is just something about the rich tonality and simplicity of a well-executed black and white photo that speaks to me.  Not that I’m a “purist” or anything, I just like the aesthetic 🙂

However, for some reason I’ve done almost *no* black and white work recently… Why? I have no idea… but almost everything out of my camera for the past 6 months or so has been color (not that there’s anything wrong with that!)   So… to “break out of my rut” as it were, I’ve decided to do a month of exclusively black and white shooting.  Starting sept 1, I’m setting my default import preferences in Lightroom to apply a b/w conversion on import.  I’m not going to change my normal shooting habits, keep on working as I always do only it will all be b/w.    It’s always good to shake things up a bit to get the creative juices flowing 🙂  Pictures from the project will be posted here in the coming weeks…

New Project – “Shades of Life”

A new project I’ve started. I wanted to play with the idea of what a “flower picture” is – we think of florals as so much about vibrant, saturated color I wanted to see what would happen if we removed color from the equation entirely. Not just as a black and white conversion, but totally removed. I began by getting some wildflowers, and spraypainting them white, they were then photographed against a white seamless background. I also began including the same flower *in color* to juxtapose with the white version. I am calling the project “Shades of Life” as it deals not only with issues of color and form but on a more abstract level, with the juxtaposition between life and death.