Although we discussed the relationship between color and light, this week's posts center more on the opposite: the effects of lighting without the backing of color. Black and white photography is, of course, a classic theme, but there are many reasons for this: 1.) well-established lighting can be more dramatic without color; 2.) certain moments can become more powerful through the use of black and white; 3.) it's really fun, etc. Black and white photography, of course, can be particularly tricky; to use black and white photography effectively, the blacks must be the richest blacks and the whites the most pristine whites, all the while running the risks of over- or under-exposure.
Black and white photography is treacherous. Tread softly, else it eat you alive. Just imagine your tiny, useless legs flailing about while your top half is engulfed by the B&W Monster's mult-fanged gaping maw.
Of course, if you stroke it just right, the B&W Monster will be your friend.
|Teazer in Action - Athens, AL (Dec. 2010)|
|Self Portrait (Feb. 2011)|
|Dogwood Blossom - Athens, AL (Mar. 2011)|
I'm currently thinking that I will make black and white photography another future mini-study, like my texture study. That would be fun, and it will also be beneficial when considering contrast, lighting, and how to deal with certain scenarios without the safety net of color.