by Tim Rogers March. 18, 2016 2839 views

We all have people who we turn to for advice. Parents, colleagues, teachers, friends…it's a long list. I'm not talking about the people who give advice whether we ask for it or not, but the people who's advice we seek out. They are the people who's track record is second to none, who's never lead you astray and you know has your best interests at heart. The ones for whom the phrase “god bless ‘em” was invented.

I have one person I tend to lean on for advice on my photos. Not because she is an expert or even a photographer. It’s because I think she has a good eye and can usually break things down visually very well. The other day she encouraged me to revisit any thing in black and white or edit some existing photos to see how they'd look in BnW form. The reason she gave was simple and to the point; “black and white is awesome”.

A few hours later her advice came to light. The photos I revisited had transformed. They had a kind of peace to them that the colour ones didn't possess. They were more attention grabbing, more raw & honest. I was happy with the original but I was in love with the new takes on an old photo. The black and white and the degrees of grey and silver that exist in between added new life. Black and white is awesome indeed!

Just like the photos felt transformed, changing your life and transforming yourself can often be incredible. It's a lot more scary than adjusting a slider to change a photo on a computer screen. Its tough to look inward and realise you can be a better human being. But a transformation is nearly always worth the effort. The results can make something pretty good into something more beautiful than you imagined.

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Snowpie 4 years ago

Great set!!!

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Delightfulpink 4 years ago

I adore this set!

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Dzmitry Samakhvalau 4 years ago

wonderful series

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Andy Lumb 4 years ago

Your friend was right, these are fantastic.

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Ram Ya 4 years ago

This is some great work! And you are right, black white really brings out their depth.
I always felt that Black and white photography force my brain to think about what is going on in the scene. May be brain is doing that because it is missing color to make full sense of the image.

Congrats on these captures!

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Kenny H 4 years ago

While I like the silhouettes in the first, the B&W treatment makes the architecture pop.

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Antonio Gil 4 years ago

Love the effect made by the streaks of light in #4.

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Gillian Parsons 4 years ago

Excellent and like my sister sometimes find B&W hard to enjoy one especially give the shot such feeling.

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Marilyn Grimble 4 years ago

I am not a fan of B&W, but your beautiful series has caused me to rethink.
Well done and I enjoy your reasoning.

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Jay Boggess 4 years ago

Striking images, all......
Thoughtful, wise words, as well.....

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Ros Mercury 4 years ago

Wowwwwwww These are gorgeous shots. Love the strong contrast of light on the boat, and the color tones on the others!

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