All right, I admit it is perhaps a slight exaggeration but hopefully it caught your attention. Let me explain… and there will be a poll at the end.
My recent post Monochrome Enchantment was inspired by a superb exhibition at the Andrew Smith Gallery in Santa Fe of the works of Ansel Adams. Landscape photography never looked more breathtaking and I came away in awe of the drama and beauty of Ansel Adams’s black and white view of the world and a greater understanding as to why he is considered one of the greatest photographers of the twentieth century.
In creating my New Mexican monochrome landscapes, converting the color photographs from our recent visit to black and white, I entered the world of Ansel Adams and experienced the landscape, which I had captured with my trusty Pentax Kr, in a whole new light.
Years ago when I began photography I would develop my own black and white 35 mm negatives, like this one of St Paul’s, and feel that sense of wonder and excitement as each image began to appear in the tray of developer under the red light of my dark room.
How times have changed! Now, using Photoshop Elements on my MacBook Pro or Snapseed on my iPad, I can produce an equally as dramatic monochrome image that I like to think has just as much impact and, dare I say it beauty, in just a fraction of a second. What would Ansel Adams have made of this remarkable technology I wonder?
And so to the “Poll of the Century” (tongue firmly in cheek) and this week’s Photo Challenge: Twist. I invite you to take a look at my color photos of New Mexico and then imagine twisting the images to reveal their black and white counterparts. If I had a program that was able to do this I would have added it, but isn’t blogging all about using our imagination, so I know I can trust you to create the illusion. The poll follows and I look forward to seeing the results; your comments are always welcome.
My thanks and best wishes…Andrew