In college I took a required Black & White photography class. I thought I was going to hate it because I'd already taken one in high school, so I knew my way around a camera & a darkroom. The first year I changed my major to art, I took this class. I know I've said this before but I wouldn't trade my decision to study art for anything. I learned so much more in the first two years of this major than I did in the first two years of college. Art combines history, technique, & language to give you an education that I believe allows you to approach problems uniquely & interact with people better. You're constantly asked to critique art from people you know & art from people you've never met, in a constructive & concise way. You learn how a visual language is used to tell a story. You learn how this language evolves through time & changes through continents.
I loved my black & white photography class and photography continues to be fascinating to me. I think I am very lucky to have a father & brother-from-another-mother as talented in photography as they are. I'm no good at seeing things through a lens like they are. I only capture awesome photos by chance. But I try to think about the pictures I take, make them well composed, etc & I try to take pictures everyday. The most helpful, though not the best, is my iPhone. I don't care how you feel about iPhone photography what I do care is that this sort of expression is available to the masses. Many will poorly compose a picture of their breakfast on instagram but many more will learn about photography, lighting, composition & grow. They begin to problem solve creatively & visually.....that makes me happy.
So here's a peak into the black & white of my life over the last few months. My favorite photos are the little bird in the grass & all the photos in the first set there!
Do you look at your life in black & white?