Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I Was Looking at the Black and White World

I've always loved black and white photography. I love its starkness, its emphasis on form and angle, its simplicity. Not that there's anything wrong with color; you can do a million things with color's warmth and textures, but in a way, I've always considered black and white "real" photography. For a period of a couple years, that was almost all I was interested in shooting. If you look at my Flickr site, you can see that the first 15+ pages of pictures that I uploaded there were all monochromatic. There's something about the loneliness and empty space of black and white that will always appeal to me. With this new blog, I plan on posting some examples of my b&w work each week in a continuing series. Here's the first of what I hope will be many such posts.

Man & Marble

Ready to Launch


Tom Hilton said...

Great stuff, Generik. I think the second one is my favorite--the rippled texture of the sandpiles, those fantastic clouds...just a great shot.

I should really try playing around with black and white. Question: do you just shoot in color and desaturate, or is there a black and white setting on your digital camera, or is it some other way altogether?

Generik said...

I shoot in color and then desaturate afterwards. I could shoot in b&w with either of my cameras -- Mrs. G does just that with hers sometimes -- but I prefer to have the color image to manipulate.

ahab said...

Yeah, #2 is great. The rythym of all those broken lines, the train cars, etc, is so interesting and so satisfying.

Love that last one too. Great zone values. But you're shooting in color, eh? Learn something new everyday.