i love black and white photography
that love was formed in my youth
with film cameras and a darkroom
while studying Adams, Steiglitz, Kertesz,
Cameron, Atget, and Edward Weston
to name a few.
And in their prints
blacks were so rich you could fall into their depths without fear
because they still held light
and whites glistened and
in between the two
a delicious spectrum that made one not crave
i spent hours in the darkroom
loving silver coated paper.
And my mentor at school
sent inquiries for black and white printing
to me...which, to this day, still astonishes me.
i've made only one or two attempts
at a bw digital image
and they have all looked like sorry frauds to me
and i simply do not think in bw with these digital
cameras in my hands.
i've not pulled up an image that immediately said,
"oh, yes, this wants to be black and white"
although the lovely vessels in yesterday's post
were a natural almost there
all by themselves
if it weren't for that tiny bit of bluestone in the one corner.
The color images of these Italian arums at Greenwood
growing amidst vinca minor
were inspid and the color balance was all wrong and
it didn't take long in photoshop for me to realize the problem:
they won't look real
they cannot shine as they did when viewing them last May
until i change palettes...
and so i did
and they finally got to sing
a little, at least
even though these are not the finest renditions
being "morphed" as all blogging platforms do to images.
What pleases me most about the whole exercise
is that i am so glad to have finally
in a way
found the rest of my voice
with these new tools.
you can just see the tip of the "flower bud" (is it called a spathe at this stage?)
my schedule at Greenwood for the past 8 years has never allowed me
the pleasure of being there when these "bloom"
i share this beautiful illustration
(although i believe the spathe ends up being almost pure white)
from the public domain
where we can see that it looks very much like a lily
If you are interested in the cultural information
here is the entry from the Missouri Botanical Garden