We recently took a trip to Memphis, Tennessee. While we were there, we visited the Lorraine Hotel and the National Civil Rights Museum. As we were walking through the area, this one light pole stood out to me against the sky. I thought the color was interesting, with the deep blue sky and the clouds, breaking up behind the light. However, when I switched it to Black and White, it really struck me for several reasons. Since we were near the site of the assassination of Martin Luther King JR, the lone light standing out in the sky really brought home his fight for equality and against the injustices of the world towards people of color. Just being near a place of such singular importance in history also made me think of a lone light, shining for others to see and follow so as to not be cloaked in darkness. I know that these words hardly do justice to the feeling that I got while in that place, but I hope that you all at least enjoy the photo.
Lone Light Pole
A few weeks ago I was out in Western Kansas on a trip. Just south of Quinter, Kansas, is a chalk formation called “Castle Rock”. All around it are these formations, which made for an interesting view with the clouds in the sky. I immediately thought of Black and White for this photo, because it really looked post-apocalyptic to me. The contrast was amazing, and with the clouds, it really has a sinister feel to it. Each shadow really stands out, giving great texture to the formations. Hope you all enjoy this photo!
Castle Rock Wasteland B&W
Today was quite sunny in Kansas. Then we started getting some clouds rolling in. So, my wife and I jumped into the car and headed out for pictures. The clouds broke up as we were driving past this pasture with a lone tree against the horizon, so I had to take the photo. I thought the B&W made it much more interesting. What do you think?
Lone Tree on a Sunny Day
July of 2011, my wife’s family and I went to South Dakota to Mount Rushmore for the Fourth of July. On the way, we stopped by Chimney Rock near Bayard, Nebraska. Chimney Rock was a major landmark on some of the trails West. Reaching out of the plains of Western Nebraska, it caused me to think back to the way things were, and the hardships that pioneers faced in their treks to the West. I felt that the Black and White really made it stand out and seem much more stark, which really added to the way I felt when I was there. Hope you all enjoy!
On this one, I am having a tough time deciding which one I prefer. I think I have decided that Monument Rocks are stunning in BOTH color as well as Black & White. Either way, I really enjoyed the rays of the sun peeking around the rocks to greet the World. What do you think?
B&W Monument Rocks Peeking Sun
Monument Rocks Peeking Sun