I was in San Francisco recently and had time to wander the city with my camera. I found myself converting a number of my images to black and white. Maybe it was the fog that muted the scenes in front of me that moved me to explore black and white images.
There is something about black and white images that I find appealing. Shooting in black and white forces me to focus on structure and form, on light and shadow. Although the images are not “real”, in that the color has been removed, they do reveal a structure and a quality of light that reality inhabits.
When I examine my own life experiences, I often can see moments of light and darkness occurring at the same time, much the way light and darkness exist in a single image. Wherever there is light, the darkness is dispelled, and the underlying structure is revealed. Experiences of light illumine our path and help us to see the big picture. My work in photography helps me to focus on what is essential.
“What has come into being in [the Word] was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” (John 1:3-5)