Black and White Landscapes
Black and White Landscapes
Black and white photography for me as an expressive creative photographer offers a truer deeper dive into the real emotions that can be found within us all through silent yet evocative imagery. The aesthetic of colour can sometimes hinder the message and give us a false sense of what is helpful to our conscious awareness. May I be so bold as to say that the colour appeals more to the materialist side of our physical world which is there in us as humans as to me colour does not say what ultimately, I would prefer to convey. The being side of being a human is where the black and white approach and sentiment may be more helpful as uplifting empowering photographic works that I would hope to stand the test of time as regards the message that lies beneath.
The timeless effect of a monochrome photograph is a feeling as opposed to the content on a physical purely visual feedback loop of interpretation by the brain. The true essence of fine art photography in my view is expressed using a wide range of tones from white to black beautifully arranged within the composition of the four walled frame of the image. Truly enlightening images will nudge the viewer closer to a sense of being nobody no place no thing and for a moment or two may tap into the divine one within us, that energy that is ever present and golden.
Having been lucky enough to have lived through and practiced in my early days of photography using traditional film cameras and the darkroom methods to produce prints, I have a huge appreciation of the old values of this decerning technique that really helps my use of digital lightroom processing and final printing today. In fact my first landscape picture was taken having been at the library in Dublin looking at the great master works of legendary landscape photographer Ansel Adams. I got up at 6 the next morning and headed to Glendalough Co Wicklow and took some interesting early morning images of Upper Lake. It was this bit of luck that lead me to being a photographer and sparked a career that I am still in.
Black and White Street Photography
There is nothing quite like a classic black and white street photograph. Cartier Bresson was to me the godfather of this genera of photographic works, his coined phrase ‘The Decisive Moment’ says it all in so far as how street photographers work and how aware they are in understanding the scene as it unfolds in front of them. For my work again like the black and white landscapes it gives me even more scope to express and cease meaningful moments of passers by within a street setting.