JOURNEY

BACK IN TIME

Black and White... if you would have told me a couple of months ago, that I would write a blog post about pictures with those two colours, I would probably call you crazy. We all know how life happens sometimes, so here‘s my story. 

Everybody understands, that friends can influent your life. I knew that as well, but never thought that it would happen in such a way. The day I met Patryk Urban probably marks day 1 of my black and white journey. My first and only opinion about black and white was „What‘s so special about a picture with no red, blue and green?“ 

 Fraser River - Lillooet

Fraser River - Lillooet

A revolution in my head

 Vancouver - Chinatown

Vancouver - Chinatown

Over the time in Canada, my photography brain was changing heavily. I was looking for more compositions, more structures, more art. But it still took a while, till I killed the thought that black and white would be a step back in time. I mean, why would we develop modern camera sensors with better and better colours, and then just use black and white. A slap right into my face would probably express how wrong I've been. 

Patryk and I were sitting on a sofa, going through our latest pictures. It wasn't the first time I was looking at those photos I shot in Vancouver a couple of weeks ago. We played around with a shot of a Chinese archway until Pat gave me the hint to put it into black and white. Then he was talking about the masking tool in lightroom to create darker areas on streets or buildings. 

 

Change of perspective

That moment was game changing for me. The idea of creating new lines which aren't there if you take the photo blew my mind. You can only guess what would look great, but that's such an interesting way to explore the scenery around you. Black and white photography is such a powerful tool, you reduce the photos to their basics, the colours are less important. The only things that matter are composition and the story behind your picture.

You probably ask yourself now: Why is black and white photography such a big change for him? Well, it isn't the change of photography itself...it's more the lesson I've learned. I was ignorant for a couple of years and didn't let any other point of view into my head. The black and white photography showed me, that I should be more open-minded to things I don't know. Not only to photography techniques but also to people's opinion, food and all the other things out there. It makes the world easier to understand. 

I collected a few photos over the last year, have a look and let me know if you like them! At this point, I just want to express how thankful I am, that Patryk changed my point of view. All my B&W shots wouldn't exist without him. Thank you for your inspiring words! Visit his Website (patrykurbanvisual.com) and take some time to look at his pictures. 

 

 Oatman - Arizona

Oatman - Arizona

 Alexander Falls - British Columbia

Alexander Falls - British Columbia

 Train Wrecks - Whistler

Train Wrecks - Whistler

 Route 66

Route 66

 Valley of Fire - Nevada

Valley of Fire - Nevada

 Somewhere - Nevada

Somewhere - Nevada

 Squamish - British Columbia

Squamish - British Columbia

Somewhere - British Columbia

Vancouver - British Columbia