Theme: Black and White
It's all very formal as we go Black & White in Week 7 of our 52 week challenge
The rules are simple: Interpret the theme using digital photography on any device. Only minimal editing allowed.
The elegance of black and white photography.
The original black and white photographic style developed because of the discovery that silver combined with various chemicals is light sensitive and can be applied to metal bases, film and paper. Regardless of how the image is captured- pioneering wet plate colloidal or film to create a negative, it was the original process of printing the negative by shining light through it onto light sensitive papers that began the development of black and white photographic technology.
To me the genre of black and white photography evokes a beauty all on its own. The absence of colour creates a sense of timelessness. Black and white is where photography began around 200 years ago, so apart from historical cues within the image, something contemporary can carry a sense of another era.
While we are accustomed to colour on our screens and in print media, it's absence simplifies the image to variations in tone, shape and texture. Without the distraction of colour we are left with an image that is easier to interpret from a classic design perspective.
Incidentally the title of black and white is a misnomer. White is not a colour that is applied to create the image, instead it is the negative spaces or those without grey tones that are the white areas. In the dark room, it is the dark areas on the negative that shield the paper from the exposing light that create the whites. Once washed in the chemical bath, the light sensitive chemicals on the paper are dissolved to reveal the tones.
I adore black and white photography because it's simple, elegant and timeless...
- Try to get a good range of dark and light tones in your images. A narrow range means the image will be too dark, too light or just grey and bland.
- Contrasting shapes and textures work well in black and white.
- Shoot in B&W mode rather than edit later. It's much more rewarding and will train your eye to look for design elements.
Hope you enjoyed B&W!
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