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The Elements III

Another image from deep in the archives, found as part of the review of my photography from the past few years. I’m enjoying re-discovering images that I’d previously overlooked. The really interesting thing for me is that it is simply seeing the images in monochrome that is making them so much more interesting, and successful, to me. I’m coming to the realisation that, though I’ve mostly envisaged images in colour, the qualities that motivate me to photograph a scene are actually best represented in monochrome. I think that, deep down inside, I’m a frustrated Black and White photographer! This is quite a fundamental insight into how I see and why I photograph, and exactly what I wanted to achieve from this process.

This image is a good example of one I found positively underwhelming in colour but which excited me when I saw it in monochrome. It’s not the kind of image I usually post on this blog, but it is the kind of image I enjoy making. I think that re-assessing what I post will be another positive part of this process.

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5 Comments

  1. Navin Harish says:

    I like how you have used light here

  2. Dave says:

    Sometimes a image just works or looks better in Black and White, This is a great example.

  3. Doug Hickok says:

    Brilliant still life, especially in monochrome! It is interesting that you converted this from color and discovered a whole new interpretation. I like your explanation, for I find some similarities with your point of view. I am especially fond of color and work predominantly in color, but I am attracted to subjects by the same elements that would make strong monochromes as well… lines, shapes, patterns, textures, misty moods, etc. Seeing your work has encouraged me to try more black and white. Its funny, my favorite photographer is not one who works in color but b & w, Michael Keena!

  4. george says:

    I think Doug sums it up, but I think it’s important to strike a balance between monochrome and colour even if the latter is very subdued. As for this image, it’s elegant, dramatic and extra-ordinarily beautiful.

  5. tom says:

    Wonderful study of light and shadows.

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