Monday, December 08, 2008

Black and White

I was really pleased to get a letter on Saturday saying that four out of six photographs that I submitted for a competition have made it past the first round of judging and will now be displayed until the early Spring to allow the public to add their votes to the process (this seems to happen in every walk of life now - just so long as it doesn't ever extend to surgery! 'And you would you go about removing the gall bladder how Mr Tupper?')

Two out of the four shots are black and white studies on the theme of "environmental impact" and I'm really pleased they both got through as they were my personal favourites.

Last night I was listening to
Something Understood
on the radio and it included a brilliant piece by John Berger on why black and white photographs seem to evoke more memories and provoke a greater response than anything shot in colour.

He thinks this is because black and white photos give the memory and imagination less to work on, and they therefore work harder at filling in the gaps. Listen to the programme if you get the chance - it wasn't one of the better ones, but it's worth listening to for the Berger and Pinter pieces alone.

I also discovered the work of Ralph Eugene Meatyard this week. There's something about his style, especially his "Zen twigs series" that I really like. They are the sort of shots I like to take, but rarely do anything with as I fear no-one else will ever get them.


Blogger PI said...

Well done! Give yourself a pat on the back. Am I thinking of the same John Berger? Art critic who can't sound his r's?

12:15 pm  
Blogger apprentice said...

Yes, that's him. A very clever man though.

1:06 pm  
Anonymous Derek said...

whats in the first pic?part of a parachute? Anyway all the best!

12:03 am  
Blogger apprentice said...

Hi Derek, not sure if you are Spamalot, however it is a butter burr leaf deeplyfrosted, but I like your parachute idea :)

12:31 pm  
Blogger Xav. said...

hello! Your blog is nice ....
Would you exchange a link with my site?

Ciao ciao from Italy

2:57 pm  
Blogger PI said...

I could have sworn he was dead. Glad to hear he's still around.

4:01 pm  
Blogger apprentice said...

His piece was read by someone else Pat

4:30 pm  
Blogger Totalfeckineejit said...

Hi there,I came across your blog on Barbara's bleeuugh.Anything to do with photography always catches my eye.Good luck with the competition,sometimes the public are the best judges.Love the frosted butter burr leaf by the way :)All the best,

11:09 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I keep meaning to tell you, on holiday, we stayed one night in an apartment before we could get back into our house after tenants.

On the wall were photographs, like yours, of vegetation and things but so amazingly mounted.

They're hard to describe, like - one leaf in black and white with frost, printed about 10 cm x 10 cm, mounted on rust card with a dark wood frame about 20cm x 50cm. Positioned in the mount about 10cm below the top.

Have I described that right? Can you imagine it? It was really unusual!!


4:49 pm  
Blogger apprentice said...

Sounds lovely, you should have taken a photie :)

5:43 pm  
Blogger BarbaraS said...

Wow, how cool is that? You keep on doing this, A, you must be doing something right!

1:53 pm  

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