So The BCPF “challenged” me to do the Seven Day Black and White Challenge. I don’t know what it’s for… if it’s for anything. I just know that I have really gotten into working with photos that have to do with light and colors so I wanted to try doing the black and white thing. I still do colors, but this week wasn’t about that. Also, the challenge was about no people and with no explanation as to what the picture is about. It’s just a capture and its context is with its creator. I don’t know that I’d want to do much with a digital camera, as I do have one, however antiquated it really is. I just love using the filters that I have on hand.
I really started paying attention to what each filter or editing mechanism is doing and how it affects the pictures. I could get even fancier and put them through Photoshop and truly embellish them. I could, but right now, I’m just enjoying finding “subjects” to snap and doing something with them. And, with the black and white aspect, it makes for fun editing to make it more noticeable, or to make it where you don’t know exactly what it is. With my color work, I really had started making abstract things out of colored embellishments and strategic filter placement (or displacement). I had fun on the challenge and for those who don’t follow me on Instagram (I also post it on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr), I included the 7 pics to let you see what I did. I am happy with them.
The BCPF has decided that she may continue on doing the challenge. I think that I am going to do pics more regularly. Some black and white, some with color. I may take pictures of people, as well, but I find objects much more entertaining and it’s easier to manipulate the subject when it’s not people. I haven’t decided if pets count or not. Also, not everything will be about this “challenge.” Some days I just want to take pictures. I’ll still continue to post record pictures as I’m getting a lot of traction from that and, of course, food pictures because people love The Man Who Ate the Town’s pictures from different places around town.
I had a great time taking these pictures. It made me think and adjust and I really like what I do with the pictures. So, there’s something to look forward to, folks!! I hope you enjoy looking as much as I enjoyed making them.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“Black and white are the colors of photography. To me, they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.” – Robert Frank