Whimsy & Wilderness

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Shades of Gray

Don't get excited, this has nothing to do with Christian Gray. To be honest, I haven't read the books or seen the movies, though I've tried on more than one occasion. Instead, this is about a photo challenge a friend tagged me in on Facebook. I know, not nearly as enticing, but please keep reading. For seven days you'd post a black and white photo with the only stipulations it contained no humans, and came without explanation. Of course I naturally accepted, as I never turn down a challenge. Well, except this one time but I was tired and not feeling flexible, but that's a whole other story entirely. I was thrilled at the chance to be creative, and glad it didn't require me to throw a bucket of ice cold water on my head (Remember that one?). Ideas immediately came to mind, and I couldn't wait to get started.

When I was younger I LOVED black and white photography, and was mildly obsessed with Ansel Adams. The various shades of gray struck me as emotional and moving. By the way, his autobiography is great, I highly recommend reading it. He inspired me on a multitude of levels, and this was revived once I began the task. Since I work down town I figured this was the best place to start. The older buildings serve as a prime backdrop not to mention the various murals near my office. While those were interesting enough I was disappointed after the first few. Remove color and a photo changes its mood.  My office isn't exactly photogenic, and I'm inside most of the day. It's hard to find creativity in the mundane. Challenge indeed. Once I stopped over thinking it, and the weekend arrived, I found more inspiration. I also encouraged my eye to become broader, as a narrow viewpoint closes off options. I'm mostly happy with the results, but my favorite is day seven, and the only landscape, because it has the most feeling. Check out all of them below.