Though I may most often be compared to the tortoise, I will eventually finish the race. And with that in mind, the very kind, super-talented and always inspiring +mel peifer
tagged me into the Five Day Black and White photography challenge. I know nothing about it other than the description - but I believe I can make an educated guess as to how it's supposed to go!
With that in mind, I did say I would see what I could do, and I've done as mel suggested - I've pulled together five of my personal favorite black and white images from the past, and I'll be re-sharing them with you now, along with some info about how and why they were made.Day 1 - Architecture
This image is one from my beginner times here on G+. I was invited to participate in a photography death match, and was given the theme of architecture. Up until that point, I had photographed precisely zero images that would fall into that category - and as I later learned, that was one of the ideas of the photography death match - to push people into new territory - to force them out of their comfort zone.
In this case, it pushed me well out of my comfort zone - which is more than likely hiking a trail, often in solitude - and mostly in silence. This on the other hand - not only did I have to photograph something I wasn't particularly familiar with, I had to do it in an environment that makes me most uncomfortable - loud and filled with other people. Constant movement and noise are not a few of my favorite things.
Having never photographed this type of subject matter, I did some research, and promptly swiped a few general ideas - most of which were somewhat cliche. Staring up from the base of a building is about as basic as it gets - however I wanted to play with a bit more interesting framing here, leaving a smaller amount of white space to really mess with the sense of scale. This is not a huge building - Louisville, KY is not exactly the land of skyscrapers - but it certainly feels much more imposing this way. I also ended up rotating the image 90 degrees - I feel like the converging lines give a much stronger sense of depth this way. To me, it almost feels like a giant space station of sorts - which well represents how this entire project felt to me - out of my world. That said, it completely opened new doors - it allowed me to feel more comfortable - and was one of the major factors in allowing me to take more risks as a photographer.
Maybe that sounds silly, but sometimes that's all it takes.
See you soon for Day 2!#fivedayblackandwhitechallenge