I recently had two different conversations about black and white photographs vs their color counterpart. People have definite opinions when it comes to black and white photographs. It seems that the middle ground is small, it has to be either black and white or color. Surely there must be room in the world for both artistic expressions.
There was a time when I didn't see the value or beauty of an image created in black and white. My thought was that color is so beautiful why choose to eliminate it.
Over time I have to come to see the the merits and beauty of black and white photographs. Many times the details of an image can be lost in the color. Black and white accentuates the light and shadow. Plus there is an almost timeless quality about black and white.
For me a black and white image needs to be a framed print. It brings out the elegance and that timeless quality. I hope you find today's featured image appealing. It is a lighter black and white that truly lets the details of these lovely flowers shine through.
Can you imagine what your world would be like if you couldn't see color? Your entire world would be in gray-scale. Try putting together a wardrobe of decorating your home not knowing how it really looked!
I recently watched a TED talk by a man that had a condition where he could not see color. Listening to him I realized how fortunate I am that my world is colorized and that most people see the world as I do.
I have written in the past about how colors vibrate, each on their own wave length. Through technology, the gentleman from the TED talk, Neil Harbisson, wears a special device that sees colors through their vibrations and converts to a tone that can be heard. Neil now recognizes colors by their tone or vibration, but he still can't see colors to know what they really look like.
While I am immensely grateful for being able to see the world in color, I am intrigued by the idea of hearing colors. I wonder if what I am wearing today vibrates harmoniously. What about my home? The colors I have are pleasing, they accent and complement each other, but would they be heard as a pleasant tune? Can you imagine hearing what your rooms might sound like? It is an interesting thought isn't it decorating by sound.
If you would like to listen to the TED talk you can do so here.
Today I offer you the same photograph in color and also black and white. Each offers it's own appeal. Which would you choose for your home? Both are available for purchase by clicking on the image.
Those of us in the northern hemisphere are in our winter phase. The astronomical start of winter officailly arrives Wednesday, December 21 at 2:44 am PST. This is known as the winter solstice.
Are you ready? Even though most of us are already experiencing winter weather we still need to make it through until spring. Do you have enough throw blankets in your decor for snuggling under? Don't forget the hot chocolate! Another winter must you don't want to be without.
Stay warm and enjoy the winter solstice!
Yes, it's true that Huey Lewis and the News sang a song by that title back in 1989. But I am referencing that phrase with regards to decorating.
Wall art such as photographs and painting are quite often in rectangular shapes. One reason for this, especially with photographs, is the common frame sizes. Unless you want to pay for custom framing you are pushed into the sizes that are easy to frame. Fortunately we now have some options that don't require framing. Photographs can be printed on galley wrapped canvas, metal and acrylic. None of these require a frame and all are quite beautiful.
So choose a square photo if that is what best fits your space and budget. It's a nice shape and a great option if you want more than just a rectangle.
Does your home reflect you? Your likes? Your creativity? Is it livable? All good questions to keep in mind when you embark on the journey of decorating or designing the rooms in your home.
When you are decorating the rooms in your home you will encounter all sorts of design rules. Use them as guidelines, as a starting point for your own creativity Even when working with a professional designer make sure they are in tune with your creativity so it is you that shines in the end result.
Look for a design that makes you smile when you walk into that room. Perhaps most importantly is the comfort factor. You and your family need to feel comfortable in the room. You need to be able to live in it.
If you can meet those two criteria when designing the rooms in your home you've succeeded in keeping it real.
I recently posted the question to my Facebook page, Do you prefer flower images in black and white or color? The response was overwhelming and strongly divided. People have very strong opinions about black and white photography. Especially when it come to flowers, because of their beautiful colors.
Decorating with black and white images is timeless. You can change your colors and the look of your room, but your black and white photos will always fit. Black and white is multi-dimensional and unique. It carries a sense of style and character.
Many types of photos do well in black and white photography. Take some time to consider decorating with black and white photos. It could be just what you wanted. The look will amaze you.
Hi. I am Cheryl of Cheryl Day Photography. Stay tuned for my regular blog posts to keep you updated on what I am doing.