It was well over 40 years ago that I took my first photo: black & white with a Brownie Hawkeye.
*** It was magical ***
Ok, so this one wasn’t my first photo but I love it!
But years later, when my interest in photography became more serious, black & white photography again lured me in with its magic. I loved being in the darkroom for hours on end, developing good stock photos and printing the creations that began earlier in the light. Although it’s been years since I have had the opportunity to work in the darkroom, I can still smell the chemicals and I miss seeing the image mysteriously appear before my eyes in the developing tray.
I still love black and white photography. Today, thanks to the evolution of digital photography, you can create wonderful black & white images without ever entering a darkroom. Aside from the process, there is something timeless and powerful about the medium that allows me to tell stories that grip an audience’s attention in a visceral way.
Through the black and white medium, I can capture raw emotions, create a depth of mood, and insert drama, all through the naked interplay of shadow and light, drawing on chiaroscuros by manipulating light and lens. Black and white strips everything bare; you are left with the pure essence of the photograph.
Allow me to share this sampling of my favorite black and white photographs taken over many years. I find that they still feel timeless.