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The World Seen in Black & White 

 

Partly it comes from my memories of the childhood – I have a picture in my head of my Dad who had an analog camera Zenit TTL and was taking pictures of my family in the 80's.
All of the images were obviously black and white.

 

 

It was around at the end of this period that my first attempt was to take my own photos. I have these few prints in a memory box in the attic, neatly sorted in a small photo album. A couple of mountains landscapes, images of trees.

 

 

I can still remember this thrill and touch of magic when my Dad and I brought up images in our tiny kitchen arranged as a darkroom. Smell of chemicals in the air, a red light bulb and the rows of drying, black and white photos on the stringrunning across the kitchen above our heads. I was mesmerized by the process and waited in absolute stillness, leaning over one of the tubs, to see the image emerging from the void of whiteness of the paper. 

 

 

The thrill of uncanny.

 

Back in time while moving forward

What do I love about black and white photos?

Everything.  They give a moment of relaxation to a brain which is constantly under cannonade of colours and details. The contrast provides the highest difference between tones and makes the details of the photo stand out. The play between light and shadow exposes the essence of the subject.

 

 

There is also something very genuine and straight in black & white images.The best black & white shots are pure, even minimalistic. Lack of colours makes the message stronger, emotions more exposed and the receiver even more engaged.

 

 

Black & white photographs are not a field of my expertise. Usually I look for colours which make me happier and more alive.  However, there are moments when I feel that this specific photo needs to be taken and shown only in this way.

 

 

Magic of black & white photography.

 

 

 

Partly it comes from my memories of the childhood – I have a picture in my head of my Dad who had an analog camera Zenit TTL was taking pictures of my family in the 80's. All of the images were obviously black and white.

 

It was around at the end of this period that my first attempt was to take my own photos. I have these few prints in a memory box in the attic, neatly sorted in a small photo album. A couple of mountains landscapes, images of trees.

 

I can still remember this thrill and touch of magic when my Dad and I brought up images in our tiny kitchen arranged as a darkroom. Smell of chemicals in the air, a red light bulb and the rows of drying, black and white photos on the string running across the kitchen above our heads. I was mesmerized by the process and waited in absolute stillness, leaning over one of the tubs, to see the image emerging from the void of whiteness of the paper.

 

The thrill of uncanny.

Everything.  They give a moment of relaxation to a brain which is constantly under cannonade of colours and details. The contrast provides the highest difference between tones and makes the details of the photo stand out. The play between light and shadow exposes the essence of the subject.

 

There is also something very genuine and straight in black & white images. The best black & white shots are pure, even minimalistic. Lack of colours makes the message stronger, emotions more exposed and the receiver even more engaged.

 

Black & white photographs are not a field of my expertise. Usually I look for colours which make me happier and more alive. However, there are moments when I feel that this specific photo needs to be taken
and shown only in this way.

 

Magic of black & white photography.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partly it comes from my memories of the childhood – I have a picture in my head of my Dad who had an analog camera Zenit TTL and was taking pictures of my family in the 80's.
All of the images were obviously black and white.

 

It was around at the end of this period that my first attempt was to take my own photos. I have these few prints in a memory box in the attic, neatly sorted in a small photo album. A couple of mountains landscapes,
images of trees.

 

I can still remember this thrill and touch of magic when my Dad and I brought up images in our tiny kitchen arranged as a darkroom. Smell of chemicals in the air, a red light bulb and the rows of drying, black and white photos on the string running across the kitchen above our heads. I was mesmerized by the process and waited in absolute stillness, leaning over one of the tubs, to see the image emerging from the void of whiteness of the paper.

 

The thrill of uncanny.

Everything.  They give a moment of relaxation to a brain which is constantly under cannonade of colours and details. The contrast provides the highest difference between tones and makes the details of the photo standout. The play between light and shadow exposes the essence of the subject.

There is also something very genuine and straight in black & white images. The best black & white shots are pure, even minimalistic. Lack of colours makes the message stronger, emotions more exposed and the receiver even more engaged.

 

Black & white photographs are not a field of my expertise. Usually I look  for colours which make me happier and more alive. However, there are moments when I feel that this specific photo needs to be taken and shown only in this way.

 

Magic of black & white photography.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everything.  They give a moment of relaxation to a brain which is constantly under cannonade of colours and details. The contrast provides the highest difference between tones and makes the details of the photo stad out. The play between light and shadow exposes the essence of the subject. 

 

There is also something very genuine and straight in black & white images. The best black & white shots are pure, even minimalistic.Lack of colours makes the message stronger, emotions more exposed and the receiver even more engaged.

 

Black & white photographs are not a field of my expertise. Usually I look for colours which make me happier and more alive. However, there are moments when I feel that this specific photo needs to be taken and shown only in this way.

 

Magic of black & white photography.