When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!Ted Grant
The prompt for #SundayStills this week is sharing a favourite Black and White photo. I found the quote from Ted Grant which started me thinking about more than just photos. It started me thinking about how we live our lives.
Living a life of colour is vibrant and alive. It brings joy, a zest for living but too much colour can also be brash, loud and as this quote says it can hide who you truly are. We put on colourful clothes or the colourful mask of makeup to stand out, make us feel uplifted but by doing this we can also hide our true feelings or our true self. I know that if I’m feeling low, wearing a bright colour or putting on some make up certainly helps lift my spirits.
Conversely, we think of black and white as boring, staid, and stark.
To me, it can also mean sophistication. I preferred colour photographs for some time and always thought of black and white photos as old fashioned, from another era. However, recently I’ve seen coloured photos edited to black and white and they look so much better. I also found on there are various shades of black and white filters I can use to edit my photos using my Iphone 10XS such as Noir, Silvertone and Mono.
When we look at our life without the filters, without the colour and ‘noise’ we can delve into our very soul to connect with our inner self. We can find who we truly are as an individual.
In a recent post, Become and Explorer and discover your true self I listed 10 ways to start exploring who we really are. Life can take over and because women, in particular, have so many roles in life, it can be easy to lose focus on who we are as individuals.
Exploring our inner self is a great way to reconnect with who we are and what is important to us as individuals. It is a voyage of discovery!
Peeling back the colours to Black & White
As we peel back the layers of our life to explore our soul and inner thoughts things become clearer. There are no colours to distract our thoughts there is only black and white. As you can see from these photos the distinction between black and white is clear and strong.
Do you also notice that the eye is drawn away from the centre of the flower as the colour takes over. Yet in the black and white we are drawn to the centre of soul of the subject. Do you agree?
In this image below my eye is drawn from the sky in the coloured photo to the deck and the horizon.
What waits beyond your horizon? Just take the first step to discover.
I prefer the black and white photo of me. It is stronger in contrast, it is defined. Look at the painting the women in the white dress is lost in the vibrant colour of oranges and yellows yet in black and white she becomes the centre of the piece.
Will you take time to peel away the layers of colour and noise in your life to examine your inner self?
Thank you to Terri from Second Wind Leisure for the weekly #SundayStills prompt.
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