Embracing the Monochromatic

Embracing the Monochromatic

It’s been a screwy winter in Alaska, where cloudy days, warm weather and rain has been the norm. Usually, one of the things I love about Alaska is its cold, clear days, where golden light is the all-day norm and alpenglow greets and ends the days. On the rare days so far when it has been cold enough to produce fresh frost or snow, I have enjoyed the opportunity to explore the monochromatic side of winter. My first formal training in photography was in black and white, using Kodak Techpan 2415 and Tri-X Pan film in a wet darkroom. My earlier classes in college trained me in the “Zone System” employed by Ansel Adams, where exposure strategy centered around tones and contrast.  On a grey day, surrounded by varying hues between bright white and dark blacks, I find comfort in exploring my black and white roots. Beauty is in shape, tone and texture, sometimes as much as or more than color.  In our modern, over-saturized, stylized digital photography world, it’s easy to forget that.

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