Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White, too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.Coco Chanel
This week, Anne Sandler, photographer and creator of Slow Shutter Speed, challenges us to find and share photos on the theme of black and white. (Be sure to check out her post for marvelous information on how she creates her photo masterpieces.) For this theme, I’m sharing flowers in black and white. You may marvel, as I did, at all the processes Anne uses to create her masterpieces (and she tells you how!), but my technique is a simple one: I use a filter after downloading the photos to my computer. Easy.
Perhaps my favorite flowers that I’ve shared previously are the White Star White Magnolias that bloom each spring right at my back door. They’re the first blooms I see (sometimes as early as March), and I love to move in closely with my camera as if I’m getting to know them better! Seeing them with raindrops is an added bonus. Now that I look at them in black and white, I can detect even more details in the arrangement, patterns, textures, and sheer beauty of these petals and stems.
Looking side by side at color photos and then black and white ones, I can see benefits of both techniques. On the one hand, delicate colors grab my attention, but photographs in black and white reveal shadows and light in different ways, highlighting subtle details that aren’t as evident when I’m looking at color.
White is not a mere absence of color; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black. God paints in many colors; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white.G. K. Chesterton
Also interesting in black and white are Southern magnolias. So mysterious these blooms are — as if the broad petals remain folded to protect the beauty within. But then, when the time is right, they open wide, allowing us to see the hidden attributes previously unseen.
Black is the absence of all color. White is the presence of all colors. I suppose life must be one or the other.Mary Balough
And finally, sunflowers — those sunny yellow petals and dark brown centers standing gracefully tall charm us all. Yes, I love the color – especially when I see a full field of these sunny gems — but they, too, are quite special in black and white. Dramatic. Stately. Poised.
So, when you look at flower photos, which do you prefer? Color? Or black and white? It really does boil down to personal preference.
Next week, I hope you’ll join me as I kick off Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #156: Getting Away. If you’d like to contribute, start looking for favorite destinations near and far and things you like to do once you’re there! Looking forward to seeing you!
Travel in perfect harmony, in color or black and white,