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“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”
― Vincent van Gogh

Last night I had dreams that were all over the place. You know the kind that start to infiltrate your waking day and make you wonder which bit was dream and what has actually happened in the past. Maybe it’s just me, but those kind of dreams are really confusing. It also felt like a lot of the time I was dreaming in black and white.

I spent a few hours last night exploring the photography galleries on deviantART picking out some future Daily Deviations and I delved into the black and white images a fair bit, so that probably enhanced the dreaming a little bit. However I’ve never knowingly dreamed in black and white before so it prompted me to delve into it a bit more.

There are some interesting theories out there, the strongest being that those over the age of around 50 years old dream in black and white more then younger people because they grew up with black and white television so the majority of their down time was filled with looking at black and white visions. Actually that sounds like complete and utter nonsense. It would stand to reason that the younger generation dreams in the style of the simpsons or other popular cartoons, because that’s mostly what has graced televisions in the past.

I suppose the most beautiful theory that I stumbled across was that 95% of us dream in black and white, but we paint the colour into our dreams when recalling them. That was quite a nice thought really – but why do we dream in black and white in the first place?

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“The piano keys are black and white
but they sound like a million colors in your mind.”

– Katie Melua

As a rule, I don’t shoot in Black and White and when I want to use the gray scale tones I do it afterwards in an editing program. Occasionally though, I remember the auto function on my camera and have a play with it. I quite like realising that I can shoot something I’ve shot before and it will look completely different just because I’ve taken out all colour.

They say (whomever they might be) that shooting in black and white is the ultimate lesson for any Photographer regardless of skill set or experience. Abolishing colour means that you concentrate on making most of the light that you have, using it to your advantage and learning about shadows and tones.

Well actually, I just shot in black and white and learned nothing other than frustration at the fact that my Camera appears to be on a ‘go slow’ in Aperture priority mode. However never mind! Taking out the colour achieves that moody grainy effect that I sometimes wish to capture. Mostly because my settings are all wrong, but still, it’s a result. Another Photograph (or two) another day closer to finishing this challenge…

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