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“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and White, you photograph their souls.”
-Ted Grant

I forget too often, the beauty of working in Black and White Photography – and every so often a gentle nudge from something inspiring points me in the monochromatic direction again, and actually I’m grateful. Seeing things devoid of colour can almost change an image completely. Very quickly it can become something else, or show something or even hide something that was there before.


Usually when I want a black and white Photograph, I post-process it in photoshop. I fiddle with the levels, the tones, the highlights and the exposure until it’s how I want it to be. But I under-use the black and white functions on my camera, low – key, high contrast and so on. So today I used them instead, mostly.


At this time of year, there isn’t much in the Garden that I haven’t already Photographed. However the thorns on the remains of the rose bush I think, haven’t been done before!



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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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