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Guest Challenge: Let the Shapes Shine Through (B&W Sunday)

I am delighted to be hosting this week’s challenge over on Lost In Translation.  Do head over and take a look everyone’s interpretations of the topic.  And flit around the blog – it’s well worth it!

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Debbie Smyth

The art of photography is all about directing the attention of the viewer.”
-Steven Pinker

This week, I’m delighted to be writing a guest post for Paula’s Black & White Sunday Challenge.

I love black and white photography, and for many reasons. I’m a big fan of street photography; due to the brilliant works of some of the greats such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Gary Winogrand, and the recently discovered Vivian Maier, black and white and street photography go hand in hand in my mind.  Going monochrome can, in my view, add anonymity for the subjects and increase atmosphere.  For me the most important point about monochrome is that by removing the distraction of colour, the photographer is able to direct the viewer to the key elements of the image.  Going monochrome is one of several tools we have as a photographer that allows us to provide focus.

To illustrate, here’s a couple of monochrome edits of two…

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