Saturday, June 18, 2016

Assorted Black And White

I have collected some random black and white pictures I like but with no attachments to any story or place. I have been pondering: why monochrome? I like the distance the absence of color gives to pictures along with the texture and the heightened perspective one gets from seeing what might otherwise be banal, or ordinary, turned into an object or a scene given distance from daily living. One thinks how startling were the first color pictures released from World War Two, how shocking was their immediacy. I've heard it said that color pictures of the atrocities were held back from public view such was the fear of public reaction. Sometimes black and white lends nobility to an everyday object, possibly even to lobster pots?