In A Black And White Mood. December 27, 2011Posted by littlebangtheory in Uncategorized.
Tags: B&W photography, black and white, Ford, hay wagon
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.