Monday, December 30, 2013

Retrospective - The Monochrome Collection: 2005 - 2013

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  Well, as promised, I've waded through hundreds of images and come up with a collection of images for my "Retrospective".  I've divided the show into two "galleries", a monochrome one and a color one.  I felt that this was the best way to do it since there is such a different feel to each collection and they are best viewed together.

   There are a hundred images in total, fifty in each gallery.  Today I am presenting the monochrome collection.  This has been a fascinating process to consider which 50 to include.  Most of the photographs are included in my folios on the blog.  Seeing all the images side by side, however,  is very revealing to me. 

   I noticed that I am particularly attracted to dramatic skies, diagonal compositions and asymmetry!   I was able, by viewing the collection as a whole, to see the underlying themes of my work very clearly.  I thought it was a fitting way to end the year.

   The photographs were chosen not so much for their artistic merit but for how they came to be and what they personally mean for me.  You might try creating your own retrospective, either digitally or by actually printing out the images and staging a "viewing" for friends and family.  Since I consider my blog readers my extended family...you are all invited!  Just click on the invitation above and visit the monochrome gallery!

   My Icon is "Up Close and Far Away", the image above.  It is the one image that if all the others were lost would be most representative of my approach...my "style" of photography.  I hope you enjoy your visit to this first gallery and don't forget to sign the guest book!  (Which is just another way of saying, comments are welcome!)



8 comments:

Connie Schulz said...

I love your black and white images. I have always shot in colour and converted a few to B/W that I thought looked better. Do you have your camera set to B/ W and shoot that way or convert?

Patricia Turner said...

I always record my images in color, just as I received them. Later, I convert to B&W. This gives me the most flexibility in adjusting color contrasts, etc. Besides, sometimes, while the whole frame may work in color, parts may also convert well to B&W. Keep your options open...like your heart!

Cheryl said...

Well that was interesting and totally unexpected, I actually preferred the B&W ones. To me, there was much more textural context to pull me in; whereas the colored ones were more of a flat rendering to indicate that you were there recording the images. The B&W showed the nuances of depth in the contrasting shades and literally took me by the hand to walk through the images. To me the colored ones just seemed like wet glaring paint on a glass all running together and I didnt expect to like the B&W ones more... Go figure.

Patricia Turner said...

Perhaps it is because I have a lot more experience seeing the world in B&W. Also, your eyes are not tempted by the color...you can focus more on texture and composition.

Bret said...

Wow, I loved your color images but these take ones breath away.

Awesome, Awesome images

I read once that when you change a photograph to black and white that it takes everything away from the image but the emotion. I think there's much truth to that.

Thank for sharing.

Patricia Turner said...

I think that is a great way of looking at monochrome images! When applied to portraits, it is said in color you see the clothes, in B&W you see the soul...

Cheryl said...

Oh Patricia, I love that saying and I hardly ever shoot in B&W...
Maybe this will be the year of change for me...

Patricia Turner said...

I use to only photograph in B&W. When I began to use color it opened a whole new world to me. Perhaps the reverse will be true for you Cheryl!