I love monochrome (black & white) work because it requires seeing things a little differently than color or let alone an image immediately on an LCD screen on a digital camera.
Anytime I create a black and white image, I ALWAYS start by loading b/w film. I haven’t gotten to the point of photographing in color then switching the image down the road to black and white.
I know this process or approach is really all about dedicating oneself to the end result in mind and working towards it. I’ve had some tough opportunities when I was in b/w “mode” with my film systems and some amazing color would become available.
This is where the test of being dedicated to the goal in mind comes into play. Another thing I do is set out on certain hikes or photography trips with only thinking of using a specific lens. All but 2 of my lenses are prime lenses. Even prime lenses require me to “see” differently….
I was asked on Facebook by my good friend Jack Graham to join this ‘movement’ online with b/w work. I first met Jack yeeeeeeeears ago on the Navajo Rez and we continued to keep in touch since then. I used to help him with his photography workshops “only” for the slot canyons then things changed.
I went full time in photography, got married and moved to Utah. We kept in touch over the years and last year, we hosted a photography workshop together. I’m sure you’ll hear more about other events we plan on hosting together down the road.
Anyways, Jack got me into this #blackandwhitechallenge….
So without anymore quick writing, here is the image I’d like to share with you for these 5 images in black and white.
Here is “Tuweep Night”:
(To see a larger version of the image, simply click anywhere on the image.)
I created the image to do something a little different. Most times, if you see an image of this place, it’s in the morning or sunset time. Two not-so-bad-times to be there…..
I wanted to take a different approach by creating a photograph at night, using full moon light AND most importantly, create a 40″+ Silver Gelatin print in the ol’ darkroom.
With the end goal in mind, I pretty much worked backwards. The most frustrating thing was of the 10+ trips I took out to the location, each time, the missing element were THE CLOUDS!!!
Finally, some clouds we available and the composition started to dance. I then was able to take the exposure into the darkroom and start cooking on the printing process.
Here are some other images of making small contact prints, drying the actual large silver print and what the location looks like in the morning with the nice and warm wall.
In the Native American Fine Art world, the image was given 2 of the highest awards at the world famous and prestigious Santa Fe Indian Market. “Tuweep Night” is in an edition of 5. 3 left
I hope you have a wonderful time and if you would like to know 3 easy and quick tips to generate great monochrome (b/w) images, simply find the section in my 17 page blueprint to “The Top 7 Elements of Photography”.
If you don’t have that, simply click on the “7 Elements of Photography” tab, submit your email and first name and my assistant will be sure to get this out to you.
PS: Talking about seeing the end result first, I may head to “The Subway” inside Zion National Park later this week. My goal is to create a wonderful color image and at least 2 or 3 exposures on Ilford b/w film. If the light is dandy, I’ll be sure to share the result(s).