This week Sally D has included her thoughts on Black & White mobile devices photography as part of her challenge https://lensandpensbysally.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white-palms-and-succulents/. She writes-
“Black-and-white photography continues to inspire my view of the world, its obvious and not-so-obvious narratives. When color is stripped from the subject, there is a closer affinity to purity of sight. Hidden layers often are revealed and elements of capture can be more enticing.
Color is reality, but monochrome is part (among other characteristics) dreamy boldface plus suitable subject. As I watch the world before me, suddenly the possibility for the b&w appears, is made clear and then clearer. I see the real in a new dimension. The image is influenced by the mind’s interpretative abilities. The intuitive eye fills the heart’s center, recreating what is seen and what can be seen.
The photographic journey continues on an adventure that enlightens and illuminates the visual landscape. A subject can be rendered so differently in full technicolor vs. black and white.
The reduction to basic elements (sans color) makes the stilling of a moment something beyond its original intent. Does this decision by the photographer impose a significant change in the viewer’s reaction? Or is the work simply an explanation and expression of the way that the artist sees the subject?”
Whenever I drive past this rock face I imagine ways to photograph. The folds and crevices suggest Black & White photos to me but I feel I am yet to make a photo that truly resembles what I see in my mind’s eye.
When I stop my car and walk up to closer to the rocks their sheer presence somehow distracts me from my original intention. I always plan to take detailed close ups but always end up taking shots of the wider view. I’ll be going over that way tomorrow. Perhaps it will be the day when my intuitive eye will fill my heart centre and I’ll get closer to recreating what can seen. I live in hope