Thursday, October 24, 2019

Day 3651 - The beauty of black and white photos

Let's go grey scale

My cousin challenged me to a black and white photo a day on Facebook.  To show elements of my daily life with the colour stripped away.

I have to be honest - I loved it.

To turn my photos "black and white" I simply chose the grey scale effect.  There are a number of "black and white" settings, but grey scale seems to fit me best. I can't explain it. It's just the vibe of the thing (thanks Danny Denuto).

Why is it that black and white photos appeal to me so much?

I joked and said that black and white photos make me look younger as going grey scale seems to remove the telltale signs of aging skin.

But that's not really why I like the black and white.

I like black and white photos because they're simple.

I like black and white photos because you can add your own colour in the viewing.

I like black and white photos because they strip back the fullness of the story and allow you to create your own.

A pile of fruit and veggies suddenly becomes a picture of much speculation. The need to focus to work out what is what.  Finding new insight the longer you look.  Where do the groceries stop and the shopping bags begin?

Every photo tells a story, but with black and white photos they seem to me to be less factual to allow for more creativity when telling the story. What am I drinking? Green tea? Berry infused tea?  Black tea?  Black tea with a dash of milk?  Is my tea set blue? is it green? is it red? is it highlighted in gold?

Where a coloured photo is eye-catching and pops, I guess a black and white photo relies on its ability to communicate to the viewer.  We're not attracted to it because of its colourful tones but because of the hidden story.  A story we can contribute to,  much like a "choose your own adventure book" that allows you to determine which direction the story will take.

Chestnut, grey or bay? Green fields or sunburned drought? A rider who will stand out wearing reds or one that is camouflaged with the earth?  Make up your own story.  Chose your own adventure.  Create your own ending.

Black and white photos allow us to stop scrolling knowingly liking what we see, to actually stop and stare and determine what it is we're actually seeing.

That's the beauty of black and white photos.

That's what I loved about going grey scale this week.

What are you lovin' about life?

What are your thoughts on going black and white?

Ever send your pics to grey scale?

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  1. I'm inspired to go black and white now! I admit it's something I never try, but the photos look so interesting that way :)

    Di from Max The Unicorn

  2. Black and white photos look classic and refreshing after viewing so many colour photos.

  3. Such a good way to look at Black and White. I am needing to be less 'black and white' in my's a trait! I can learn to do all shades of in between as I go through life now. Denyse x

  4. I'm just thinking how I'd go with it - and am inspired to give it a go for a week...just to see if I can take the colour out...

  5. There's so much clarity and detail with black and white Leanne - I hadn't noticed it as much until I looked at your photos - today's black and white pics are a lot less grainy than the original ones before colour photography.

  6. I enjoyed this post because it made me think! What is it about B&W (and gray) photography that appeals to us so much? I think you are right, it makes us fill in the blanks about color, even about what things are - cup of tea, black coffee?

    I think it also makes us concentrate on the objects in the photo a little more. We don't just look at the color, we look at the objects. And then the contrast is so dramatic. In your first photo, you clothing is so interesting when set against that neutral sofa.

    interesting post. Thank you. And thank you for somehow finding my little corner of the blogging world and leaving me a comment. I appreciate it!

  7. Leanne, I'm inspired! There is clarity to greyscale, isn't there? Less of the fakery of filters and so on. I'm going to give it a go this week.

    SSG xxx

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  9. B&W are my favourite colours. My fav. team's colours are B&W also. Beşiktaş!!! :)

  10. Very nice photos. Love the B&W. Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful week.

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