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In A Black And White Mood. December 27, 2011

Posted by littlebangtheory in Uncategorized.
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Ah, December in the Berkshires, Solstice in the Snow, a White Christmas…

…but Oh, Wait – it’s still Ugly Season.  The mud has finally frozen, but there it sits in all its crap-colored glory, unfettered by the unbearable lightness of being an Actual Winter.

Not exactly what a would-be photographer wants to see this time of year.

But then, desperate necessity is the mother of devious invention, and if the pristine hues and simple palette of the season won’t cooperate, fuck ’em.

Enter Black and White.

Here are a few images I thought were worth seeing in B&W, some new, and one old but heretofore not posted in this vampirically drained format.

The side of a house in Shelburne, decorated with a hank of cord hung on a protruding bit:

This caught my eye while I was on my way to photograph more of the old Fords rakishly adorning the meadows at the Goldthwaite Farm, such as this one:

I’ve dubbed her “Eileen,” for obvious reasons.

And while I was conjuring this bloodless gallery of discarded rogues, I thought of this photo of a hay wagon, previously shared in full color, but which I always thought had the tonal range to make an acceptable  black and white image:


That’s how I’m handling my Snow-Jones.  I’m trying to live in the present I’m presented with, rather than lamenting the loss of the scenes I’ve spent most of a year anticipating.

Perhaps the near future will send me some snow, but if it doesn’t, so be it.  I’ll find some reason to push the shutter button, and sort it all out later.


1. Bob - December 27, 2011

Vurrah nice, my friend. 🙂

2. eileen - December 28, 2011

Umm, aah, why did you call the old truck, aah, Eileen?

3. lisahgolden - December 28, 2011

Those clouds in the last one. !!!!!!!!!

All of them rock.

4. littlebangtheory - December 28, 2011

Cuz, thanks.

eileen, gee, I dunno… 😉

Lisa, yeah, they’re the reason I shot the hay wagon – I just needed an excuse to snag those clouds!

5. Pamela Shrimpton - December 29, 2011

Your photographs are wonderful. I am a local – I live in West Hawley and I take pictures, too. Mostly of my goats and such, and I post them on my blog — forgehollow.com. I especially love these black and whites you posted. Thanks for posting your pictures, they are very special.

Just made one of my pics black and white, thanks to your inspiration: http://forgehollow.com/blog/forge-hill-road-2

Forge Hollow Farm
Hawley, MA

6. susan - December 29, 2011

So far it’s snowed here twice, once in November and again a few days before Christmas. Both times the temperatures went up (a lot) and the white stuff was gone within days. Now it’s very cold, likely to stay that way too. You know what will come next time it feels like precipitating out there. I’ll wait.

The b&w shots are good enough for me. Yes, that hay wagon with the wild clouds is a beauty.

7. littlebangtheory - December 29, 2011

Pamela, your photographs from Forge Hollow Farm are beautiful, and highly recommendable! Does Forge Hollow Road “go through?” I always assumed it was a dead end and never explored for fear of intruding on someone’s Land’s End Paradise (I love Hawley!)

Susan, I was reluctant to post that Haywagon shot as a B&W, as I’ve posted it previously in color, but I really liked it this way. My housemate/landlady Holly does a lot of 4X5 B&W work and has me inspired to think more along those lines.

Sorry to hear about your as-yet-paltry winter, ours has been a dud to this point as well. At least it’s been cold for the past two nights, allowing me to get a few icy stream shots (which I’ll post soon.)

Pamela Shrimpton - December 30, 2011

Forge Hill Road DID go through to Pudding Hollow Road until Hurricane Irene. We lost a huge amount of road to the river and it is no longer drivable. You can walk it if you are a good jumper due to the humungous ditches. It is a public road and you would be surprised at the traffic we get, or rather got,and you are welcome to walk by and explore anytime. Just wear your hiking boots! We found a couple of the old mines in the woods a few weeks ago. Forge Hill Road and this area, Forge Hollow, got the name from the Iron Forge which was active in the late 1700’s I believe. Very cool!

8. littlebangtheory - December 30, 2011

Pamela, thanks for the info and the invite. I might do that soon, as I just got laid off for the winter and am keen on exploring new places with camera in tow. 🙂

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