Shades of Black and White

“Spring” is the loose theme for this series of images. All of these photographs were shot in the months of March and April, but they don’t have a lot of the characteristics of spring that you might expect to see.

The image of the women’s clothing store window includes two mannequins displaying the latest spring fashions for sale. Alas, all of the clothes were black and white, so there were no colours to start with – a “natural” for conversion to a monochrome image.

The shrub in the second image has been heavily pruned in anticipation of a new growing season. Lots of sunshine and interesting shadows on display – as well as some nice geometrical shaped. We just need some warmer weather to get the buds underway!

The candelabra is half empty and half full. A minimalist still life found in a church window.

no colours this spring cw
no colours this spring?
waiting for spring cw
waiting for spring
a candle in the window cw
a candle in the light of day

Geometric Shapes

There is a national TV network in Canada named CTV. Back in the 1960’s CTV introduced a new logo that incorporated a circle, a square and a triangle to represent the “C”, “T” and “V” respectively. This logo has survived for 50 years and it is still going strong, even though the ownership has changed over the years. I believe that the use of simple geometric shapes is part of the reason for the ongoing success and recognition of the logo.

The following are three sample images that utilize strong geometric shapes and patterns.

under the dome cw
under the dome
the blue room cw
the blue room
triangular garden cw
two paths to righteousness

Darker Tones

I have recently been experimenting with darker tones in black and white photographs. Using images that were shot in broad daylight, I have been processing them with masks and gradients to darken parts of the image. These three images are examples from this processing.

The Rock of Cashel is a popular tourist attraction in Ireland. The proximity of gravestones and the cloudy sky add to the sinister and moody look of the image.

The RC Harris Water Treatment Plant is located in the Beaches area of east Toronto. It is a majestic art deco building that looks much more impressive than its purpose – to process domestic drinking water from nearby Lake Ontario. Water purification is a basic human need, so, perhaps, the “darker” treatment is not in keeping with its altruistic public health goals.

The exterior fire escape is attached to an office building in Victoria. External fire escapes are much more prevalent in other cities, but this is a good example of a simple geometric facade with the fire escape and its shadow dominating one end of the building. Applying a gradient adds some interest to an otherwise monochromatic wall.

rock of cashel cw
The Rock of Cashel
water treatment plant cw
water treatment plant
fire escape cw
fire escape