Tones

March 9, 2015

BW photograph of an abandoned house porch with overgrowth

Copyright 2015 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Snow can often be used as an important compositional element.

BW photograph of an abandoned garage hidden by overgrowth

Copyright 2015 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

This is an old abandoned house and garage that I have passed with some regularity and have thought about photographically more often than that.  You see, old buildings have a presence and declining dignity that make for wonderful character studies, especially in black & white.  By removing the colour, what is left is the deepest blacks moving on through the graduated greys, and, with the addition of snow, pure white.  It is this entire range of tones that is pleasing in B&W photography.  The unblemished snow provides an additional contrast to the decaying wood that goes beyond the tonal aspects of composition.

BW photograph of an abandoned house with overgrowth

Copyright 2015 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Buildings in this condition provide a powerful example of impermanence-what was once strong enough to withstand such weather and provide warmth and shelter literally in the storm, now succumb to the very same elements.  It is actually for this reason that the “weathered” portions of snow were included in the compositions as well.  Given that the sun was out and the temperature nearly 60, even close to a foot of snow would itself not last long.

BW photograph of an abandoned house with overgrowth and a buzzard lying overhead

Copyright 2015 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

It was a true bit of serendipity that the buzzard sailed by.

Take care.

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