Monday, March 22, 2010

Ocean & Skies: Pescadero

images from Pescadero State Beach, CA, February 2010

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Blogger Elisabeth said...

Wonderful photos here, Art. I think I prefer the black and white images, not that the coloured ones aren't also very beautiful. But there's something about the black and white images that gives them a timeless quality as if these photos could have been taken a long time ago. It's as if the spirits of the past dance off the page. Thanks.

4:25 PM  
Blogger Art Durkee said...


I've discussed the differing strengths of B&W and color on this blog before. (It's all there if you search through the labels.) The strength of B&W is that it's all about composition and form, rather than about color fields. Most people prefer B&W for "fine art photography" for those timelessness reasons you mention: but that is an artifact of the history of photography, in which color photography came only after fine art photography had already evolved using B&W, and I would argue that it isn't inherently true.

I do happen to like making monochrome photographs, and I do like the antique look that I use for sepia and cyanotype photos (I made my own Photoshop filters to get the effects I want in those realms).

At the same time, I should point out that most of the photos on this entry were originally color photos, that I converted to B&W. I wonder if that should make a difference? If it does, then it proves the point that the preference for B&W photography is an artifact of history, not anything inherent to the process itself.

And having said THAT, I do acknowledge that I do look and think differently when shooting B&W vs. color. You look for different things, and you think differently about what the finished image will look like. (Which is what Edward Weston referred to as pre-visualization.)

8:47 PM  
Blogger moshin nobel said...

Lovely photo and heart connection. I can almost feel the wind in my face and hear the waves crashing on the shore.
Ocean Photo Prints

6:25 AM  

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