The Challenge of Black and White Moving Pictures

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The Challenge of Black and White Moving Pictures

As I typed up this post today, there was a rare glimpse of sunshine. Perfect for using up a new reel of film. But because the days are generally overcast during the autumn and winter months, this moment is rare and cannot wait until the first signs of spring. The day led me to think of something a little different in terms of my artistic expression. The easy to do jobs are all digital nowadays but when the budget allows for this, it becomes quite exciting to splurge on some new paper to create a work of art.

Introspective possibilities

Before I talk about my latest inspiration, let me remind you of a couple of earlier posts. I’d like you to quickly read through those. Simply go through the Catalogue and seek out Inspiration and find Tips and Tricks. The holiday season is just around the corner and those of you who are lucky enough to do this will be packing your bags and heading off to warmer climes and lots of sunshine. The post suggests a few ideas on what to look out for when taking great holiday pictures. To lead into my inspirational thought for the day, there’s also an easy to follow explanation on how to photograph human subjects in motion.

My inspirational thought for the day has to do with the ongoing challenge of taking photographs of moving objects and subjects. Added to that is the dramatic art of capturing these action sequences in black and white and not familiar technologically-enhanced digital shots with the aid of photo-shopping tools. I’m inclined to believe that taking a shot of a youth jumping sky-high with a wide-rimmed long-board in black and white will offer far more introspective possibilities mainly because this sport is an adventurous thrill for those who practice it and the boards are generally quite colorful and artistically decorated in their own right.

Something new to think about

The use of black and white gives me the opportunity to express myself artistically by using the technique of deviation and giving the roving or observant eye something new to think about. When you use black and white, you enable, let’s just say, photographic expressionism. Much like the expressionist painters of the past, and even though they experimented with primary colors by using course brush strokes, the black and white prints stand out dramatically with solid layers.

Also, the human expression, moving or still, reveals something more dramatic or intimate to those who pore over a linearly mounted large-scale photograph. What prompted this moment for me? Well, not entirely a sport that I’m familiar with, but it made me curious. I was watching a Major League soccer game between two great inter-state rivals. The atmosphere was electric and as per usual, there was lots of razzmatazz.

A sense of serenity and nostalgia

My mind being curious at the best of times, I turned my stock to the local library and came across photographic anthologies of historic sports events from the sixties and fifties. Everything was mostly in black and white then, but there was a sense of serenity and nostalgia in these sequences. It was an absorbing and inspirational moment for me.