Classic Black and White Photography

I work mostly in color because I am a Hudson River School artist following in the great tradition of J.M.W. Turner, Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran and others. However, I also love the work of classic black and white photographers Edward Weston, Brett Weston, Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, founders of the Group f64 movement. The two galleries below include three distinct selections of subject matter: (1) black and white grand scenic pictures (inspired by Ansel Adams), (2) macro still lifes (inspired by Edward Weston), and (3) black and white abstracts (inspired by both Edward and Brett Weston).

Black and white images have a power all there own because the absence of color creates an abstraction from the sometimes mundane reality of our everyday world. Black and white emphasizes the form and relations between and among shapes and forms. Over the years I have found that some scenes and compositions work better in color, some are better in black and white, and some are equally expressive in color and black and white; it really does vary from picture to picture. I hope you enjoy these images as much as I do!