Wednesday, March 24, 2010

It's all about Light and the Absence of Light

It's black and white photography...

Black-and-white is back, because it's part of the power of photography.

Black-and-white is back in print advertising. In today's saturated-color manipulated-image world, black-and-white feels real. To many, it looks fresh.

Black-and-white is back because brides want to see black-and-white photos in their wedding albums.

It is crisp and clean with its patterns, shapes and lines to intrigue our minds. Black and white photography is honest. No flashy punched up colors to get in the way. It's art, plain and simple. From the deep dark richest blacks to the crisp clean clear whites, it tells a story. With its gentle gradations of gray, it holds our attention and makes us want to see beyond the surface.

This is the way photography was meant to be before color took over and clouded our vision of what a great print should look like. Now we often look at a photo as an exact rendition of a scene and that is all. "Oh look, my couch is green, what a lovely shade of green." Black and white photography is different. It is about textures and emotions, light and the absence of light.

It's been said that there is something sexy about black and white photography that you just can't get from color. I think it's true. Once you remove the color, it is like stripping a scene down to the bare bones removing the layers and leaving the form. You do not have to be an expert photographer to try black and white photography; after all, it was black and white film that not so many years ago captured the memories of many generations.

I hope you enjoy all of my recent black and white photography - make sure you enlarge the photos by clicking on them.

7 comments:

Cheryl said...

Oh My David!! I just love these!! Especially the first one with the clouds and trees. I just might need a print of that!! The Easter Bunny coulg be nice to me!!:)
kiss kiss

David Patterson said...

Yeah yeah...twist my arm a little more! Thank you Cheryl...say hello to Neal. :)

Laurie said...

These are all exceptional David! Each one is special... Some have special meanings and memories, but they are all your creations...And when you take color away, you have more of the textures and emotions coming through...You see the bare essentials. I love your black and whites David...they all speak wonderful stories!!!

David Patterson said...

Thank you Laurie...I couldn't of expressed it better. I think black and whites capture more of what I "see", then a color photo does.

Diana Moses Botkin said...

I like these very much, David. Although I love color photography and painting, I'm a big fan of B&W. I love the way it simplifies the issues at hand, notes form and line, and makes me feel nostalgic.

Yeah... all my fondest memories are recorded in black and white in abundant photos my daddy so faithfully snapped of our family. He is young and handsome with a full head of wavy hair, my mother slender and with plenty of hair too. Easter finery complete with gloves and hats and ruffled socks vie for attention next to photos of skinny kids in droopy one-piece bathing suits and bathing caps. Black and white makes me feel young.

Karla DeCamp said...

These are fantastic David! I am quite fond of the one with the building & the big tree out front! The texture and crisp contrast is awesome.

David Patterson said...

Thank you Diana and Karla!