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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Landscape Of Black-And-White

Stripping away the obviousness of color can lead to creative insights

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I notice now that my landscapes often beckon for a black-and-white end. It's almost as if to boast about a luscious pink evening sky or to brag about fiery orange autumn leaves is just too easy, and that somehow, these "scenic-scapes" are begging to be noticed for more than just the obvious. It's when I'm open to this idea to feature the easily overlooked nuances of these landscapes that a different kind beauty—a true beauty—can emerge.

It could be that I overthink these things. Giving an image its own personality, and what's more, its own preferences, may border on the absurd, but if my camera is my creative tool and the landscapes are my muses, then the relationship I have to them can only benefit me as an artist, and can hopefully give those who view my work a new way to see the backdrops of our life. Ansel Adams once said, "I hope that my work will encourage self-expression in others and stimulate the search for beauty and creative excitement in the great world around us," and who, may I ask, could argue with that?

SHUTTER SISTERS is a collaborative photo blog (www.shuttersisters.com) and thriving community of women, passionate about photography. Photographer, author, teacher Tracey Clark (www.traceyclark.com) is the founder of Shutter Sisters and the author of Elevate the Everyday: A Photographic Guide to Picturing Motherhood (Focal Press).

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