Jul. 30, 2020

Black and White Photography

Diana's Bath, North Conway, New Hampshire. (c) Christine B. [Christine Brown at the time.] 1968

Long before I was a professional photographer, I shot black and white film. I liked the look of it. I enjoyed the high contrast I got when I worked with it in a dark room. My hero was Ansel Adams when I was a young photographer, so that is probably why I was influenced by the black and white medium. However, even when digital photography took over the film industry, I still preferred black and white photographs over color in most instances because of the fine details it offered.

When one looks at a color photograph the color takes over and that is what the eye sees. The image tends to get lost unless there is a lot of contrast in the print. In black and white images every detail stands out so clearly that every detail of the image stands out and is noticed. All the highlights and all the shadows are enjoyed and appreciated. That's why I love black and white prints.

I even prefer the black and white movies of the 30s and 40s over the color moves of the 60s and 70s. I watch Turner Classic Movies all the time hoping to see 'The Thin Man" or any Alfred Hitchcock movie that is run. I'm an avid fan of the Norio classic and turn from the cowboy and Indians flicks. Give me a good black and white detective story any day.

So that's what I write. Private Detective paranormal stories. And I think of them all in black and white.