Photography : Black & White

“Our lives at times seem a study in contrast… love & hate, birth & death, right & wrong… everything seen in absolutes of black & white. Too often we are not aware that it is the shades of grey that add depth & meaning to the starkness of those extremes.”

– Ansel Adams

“Black and white photography erases time from the equation.” – Jason Peterson

“There are some locations I go to and they scream black and white to me because of the ambiance. For me, great black and white images fall into two categories: very dramatic with stormy skies and bold compositions and at the other end of the spectrum a calm and minimalist composition.”  – Helen Rushton

“The most colorful thing in the world is black and white, it contains all colors and at the same time excludes all.” – Vikrmn

“Black and white are the colors of photography. To me, they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.” – Robert Frank

“In black and white, there are more colors than color photography, because you are not blocked by any colors so you can use your experiences, your knowledge, and your fantasy, to put colors into black and white.” – Anders Petersen

Portrait of a Native Lenape Storyteller
Portrait of a Native Lenape Storyteller

Michael Pace is a Native Lenape storyteller, and one tale can easily last 40 minutes. This photo is just prior to an interview with him where I documented his tribe's cultural stories.

Miniblinds
Miniblinds

This candid shot happened as I was setting up for a totally different series. Noticing how the bars of shadow and light crossed her, I knew this was a special photo.

Marilyn Monroe Homage Series
Marilyn Monroe Homage Series

On a November evening in 1961, Douglas Kirkland photographed Marilyn Monroe in his now-famous series. This series with model @pinkbeani pays homage to that.

Homage to Douglas Kirkland
Homage to Douglas Kirkland

On a November evening in 1961, Douglas Kirkland photographed Marilyn Monroe in his now-famous series "In Bed With Marilyn." This series with Instagram model @pinkbeani pays homage to that.