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When The World Is Black And White

What is it about black and white photos?

There is a current 7 day photo challenge on Facebook and Instagram (and possibly somewhere else I don’t hang out) where the series of photos are all in black and white.

I hate those things right up there with chain letters and pyramid schemes, so thankfully no one has asked me to play yet (oh, but they usually do).

I do not convert my photos to black and white very often but when I do they manage to transform what I have experienced on the trail to another world.

A world where things are appreciated for being on a range somewhere between inky depths of darkness to bleached bright and clean.  We notice the sharp contrasts of lines and contours and the subtle draping of shadows all the more.

The perspective can be stunning.

But the world isn’t monochrome.  It is a rainbow, filled with every hue and tone imaginable to the human eye.  A painter’s pallet to tell the story of grandeur and design of the beauty all around us.  We may be able to think of the world in terms of black and white for awhile, but reality dictates it won’t stay that way.

Thankfully, and purposely, we have to make room for all the color the world has to offer us.  And amen to that.


A wide range or variety of related and typically colorful things.

I wrote this post in response to a writing prompt on WordPress, Black. I hope you like it!

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3 thoughts on “When The World Is Black And White

  1. I don’t play with B&W pics/filters nearly enough, even though I should know better after college photography 🙂 – thanks for the great post/reminder! 🙂

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