Why we love black and white photos

What is it about black and white photos that we love so much? There’s just something about them. I have a board on Pinterest devoted to them! I believe it’s the drama of a black and white photo. You can take an ordinary moment and transform it into a much more dramatic view just by changing a color photo to a black and white. Don’t get me wrong, I love color, and colorful photos, too, but sometimes I take a photo and I can just tell it would be better as a black and white photo. Most of my photos I leave as color ones, but certain ones will just jump out at me as being good candidates for being transformed into a gorgeous black and white.

I feel like I’m at a stage in life where I’m coming out of the dark. I hope. Every time I take a step or two forward, I take another back so I feel like I’m not making quick progress, but progress is being made in coming out of a dark time in my life. And I probably just jinxed it by saying so.

(Do you ever feel like you’re going to jinx things if you say them out loud? I feel that way all the time, so most of the time I’d rather wait until something has happened and then talk about it. Of course, I also work in the acting world, and that world is a very fickle world, so most of the time you’re better off not talking about things you’re doing until they are done or they really may not happen and you’re just going to look like you don’t know what you’re talking about.)

But, in the process of embracing the dark stage I’m in right now, I thought I’d post some of my favorite black and white photos. They are dark and dramatic, but in every black and white photo, just as it is in life, you don’t have the darkness without the light to contrast it.

 

Rose drama, Portland International Rose Test Garden

Rose drama, Portland International Rose Test Garden

 

Al fresco dining in Portland, Oregon

Al fresco dining in Portland, Oregon

 

Chinese restaurant sign, Portland, Oregon

Chinese restaurant sign, Portland, Oregon

 

Rapunzel's tower (Church tower in Portland, Oregon)

Rapunzel’s tower (Church tower in Portland, Oregon)

 

Angel at the entrance to the Rose City Cemetery

Angel at the entrance to the Rose City Cemetery

 

Black and white stairway

Black and white stairway

 

 

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