I now sell economically priced 50 x 40cm Antique White mount board at my talks. This is a new service that provides club members with the opportunity to buy mount board without additional delivery or collection costs.
This picture called “Lyme Regis Evening Stroll” guess where it was taken? It was taken five minutes before the official sunset time of 15.45 or 3.45pm on the 3rd December in the south of England. The street lights are just about to come on.
Black and white photography is about tonal contrast. Try imagining the woman wearing a black or dark toned coat, dark against dark does not provide the contrast we need to make pictures. The 19th century English Art Critic John Ruskin made a very wise and useful comment to Painters of his day and photographers now – Think in Shadows.
We black and white photographers have happily and necessarily forgone “the prettiness of colour” to quote the late Barry Thornton to provide the viewer with a simplified clarity of vision through a scale of grey tones from black to white.
Providing tonal contrast of is part of the essential message of the medium.
A big hello to all the new followers of my little blog this week.
(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2012