There’s a popular photo trend/game/challenge circulating social media. There are variations. I’m guessing people alter them as they like. For instance, mine was Seven days. Seven black and white photos in your life. No people. No explanations. I was supposed to tag someone new each day.
I saw people with explanatory captions. I saw some labeled ‘no faces’ instead of ‘no people’ as well as ‘daily life’ and I saw some who tagged seven people every day.
Prajakta tagged me in hers, here on WordPress, and I told her I would play on Instagram.
It was difficult. I definitely considered it a challenge.
If I use a black and white filter, it’s because I don’t like the color in the photo. I maybe find it distracting from the subject. For instance, since my family and I run from shades of paper to caramel, hair from platinum to auburn, never mind the clothes, I typically order our portraits in black and white. It provides a better sense of uniformity.
Generally, I see black and white as a potential method to improve a photo I don’t much care for.
I love living in a colorful world. I totally identified with Manja’s “Who took my green?” This exercise led me to study my previous Instagram photos. I really like to click all the green growing things.
Also, when doing black and whites, it seems structure and contrast are more important and that’s hard for me, too. I didn’t get a lot of definition.
As you may have noticed, I don’t post current pictures of my kids’ faces on public sites, even still, I do photograph, or edit to post, faceless versions of them and it was hard not to use some of those.
The worst part was ‘in my life’. In my life? I can think of nothing duller. I love my life, but it’s not screaming for photo opportunities. I have one of those lives where the fun is dialogue, music, action — it’s definitely in color and at high speed.
My life in pictures-no-people is shoes, car, coffee, book, laundry, dog, cats, stove, tea, and bed. I have plenty of that on Instagram already.
So I chose odd stuff. Oddballs, I think Cee would say. I only like one better in black and white. The first one. The rest, I prefer their color versions.
I’m glad Prajakta tagged me, because it did make me think. It gave me a newfound sense of gratitude for color, and a greater appreciation for people who do black and white photography well.