Let me proudly announce that I discovered a new area of photography. Which is called … black and white photography 🙂 . Indeed, until recently the predominant majority of my images were in color, but black and white were almost nonexistent. And while some people are color blind, one could say that I was black and white blind.
This has changed lately and now I often feel (sometimes subconsciously) when an image is better in BW then in color. So maybe it is not an accident that a couple of awards that I was lucky to win recently were for black and white works. The first of them was Best in Show for the picture “Twisted” in the annual juried exhibition at Gallery 14 in Hopewell. The original image was taken in 2010, obviously in color, and was pretty pathetic. It had been sitting in the remote corner of my computer since then, but a few months ago I began to play with Nik Silver Effex Pro and chose this image for the first exercise. One click and the image suddenly became interesting:
The second award was First Place in Photography at the Mercer County Senior Art Show 2017 (sounds great except for the word “senior”, don’t you think?) for the picture “Hoboken Waterfront”:
This image was initially made in HDR by combining several exposures. As often with HDR, the resulting colors were a bit over the edge, distracting from the essence of the image. But what was distracting in color became captivating and maybe even a bit mysterious in BW.
As usual, all comments are welcome.
Here is a story that might entertain you. A couple of months ago I submitted a series of pictures to the Phillips’ Mill Photography Exhibition . I love and respect this show very much but, alas, this time none of my entries were accepted. Since they were submitted “physically” (what they call framed), the next Saturday I had to pick them up. And while driving over there, I remembered that on the same day the submission to Ellarslie Open 33 in Trenton City Museum was taking place. Ellarslie Open is a well known annual show where various visual art forms are presented. I am not a big fan of such mixed shows: our modest photo-masterpieces often get overwhelmed by huge canvases, sculptures and other creations of human imagination. But this time I decided: why not? After all, the pictures were already in my trunk, plus the museum was almost on my way home. And so, from the 4 phill-mill-rejected photos I rather randomly selected 2 (which is a limit for Ellarslie) and in half an hour they were submitted. A couple of weeks later I learned that both were accepted, and on the opening day one of them got the Best in Show Award for Photography.
Now the question: which of the two juries made the “right” decision? The correct answer is: they both did. Even more correct answer: there is no right or wrong here. Each jury has their own preferences and visions and make their selections accordingly. And that’s it.
I am writing this because some of my friends photographers are still getting verrrry-verrrry upset when their images are not accepted to this or that juried show. Please don’t! Hope this story is a good illustration why.
And in conclusion here are the two pictures in question. I am leaving for you to guess which one got the award (in my opinion the other one is not worse 🙂 ).