Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: WONDER
“May you see the world with wonder.”
This week Patti has invited us to explore “wonder”, a concept that offers many possible interpretations. To me, nothing is more wondrous than the incredible world around us. Amazing as nature may be in full color, I thought it might be interesting to revisit some recent scenes that drew my attention by studying them in black & white.
“To lose wonder is to lose the true element of religion.”
Without the distraction of color, black & white allows us to see detail more clearly. It casts shadows more deeply and draws one into the light – always the most critical element of any image. Contrast becomes more important in a B&W composition as does texture and pattern.
“Imagination makes the world and all the wonders in it.”
Eric Micha’el Leventhal
An image in monochrome brings one’s attention to its mood, often creating more drama or stillness. There is an added element of timelessness, and sometimes a sense of purity. Although the image below was made on a beautiful blue sky day, I find I prefer the simplicity of the capture in black & white.
“There is wonder in everything, the only thing you need to change to see it is your perspective.”
Finally, there are times when conversion to monochrome can give new life to an image that might otherwise be a throwaway. I loved the image of the little girl below but she was wearing many competing colors and prints, and was standing in a terribly glaring spot on a bright sunny day. For me the conversion to monochrome gave new life to the image.
“Wonders happen either way. With you or without you.”
Thanks to Patti for her creative challenge – looking forward to seeing what wonders other bloggers have found.
To see more information about the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, click here.