306/365 – Pathway to the sea

I know we’ve had quite a few black and white images over the past week or so, but there’s something about them I like. The power of monotone colours allows a different story to be told, one that would be completely different in colour. Sometimes you instantly know whether an image is suited for the black and white treatment. Last week on holiday there were a number of photos that were very miserable looking due to the cloudy, dull weather we had. Displaying those in colour would have looked alright, but as there wasn’t a lot of colour in them in the first place monotone won the toss there.

The good thing with black and white photography is that whilst there are ultimately onto two colours used in the image, the way they are used creates depth and character. You can emphasise certain areas with darker tones and have some parts in lighter greys and whites which you may not want the eye to be drawn to instantly. The beauty with photography, not only in black and white but colour too, is the opportunity for the viewer to ‘explore’ an image and discover all the different parts in their own time. It may be that you don’t notice something on the first look, but when you eventually do its one of those things that you wonder how you missed it.

With all that spiel there’s no prizes for guessing that today’s image is in black and white. It’s also another from my vast collection of holiday photos – as you can probably tell I’m still sifting through them all. Whilst this image was taken on a grey day, I think regardless of the weather I was always going to turn it monotone. This allows the emphasis to be placed on the tops of the lights which draw the viewer into the image, down the pier and out into the vast sea. The lack of people in the image creates the feeling of isolation and the sky adds to this by confirming that it’s a cold and miserable day.

One of the nice things about photography is that people can explore and ask their own questions. I want you to ask yourself ‘what’s at the end of pier? and ‘where are all the people?’

I think black and white imagery is one of my favourite types of photography, merely because it’s so powerful in creating dynamic scenes that question the viewer and allow you to go on your own journey of discovery.

“In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.”
– Johann Wolfgang van Goethe

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