I’ve always had a preference for photography over painting. Not sure why, maybe the reality of it, but I like photos blown up and framed. I even like photographs printed on canvas.
I thought I would show you a few of the photos I’ve see on Pinterest that I really like.
I’ve taken a few photography courses and one of the things the I discovered is that in black & white photos you tend to focus on shapes. Colors often tend to draw you away from the shape.
Look at this picture of Girl Dancing in the Rain (found on BlueBots.com). You see the shape of her shoes, pants and jacket, the length of her hair, even the ties on her shoes. You can even see where there are breaks in the clouds. If this were in color, you probably wouldn’t notice all those details.
Now check out this photo of Al Pacino that came via Tumblr but I’m not sure where it originated. Because the background is black, his hair fades away and you focus on the shape of his face, the bags under his eyes, the shape and clarity of his eyes, the print of the bandana around his shoulders. I don’t think I would have noticed how square his chin is, or the little downward slant on the right side of his mouth if I had been distracted by color.
Now here is a place where color focuses your attention. InstaBlueberries by knoopie on Flickr draws you so strongly into the color of the berries that everything else basically falls away.
Here is another way that color can be introduced in an interesting way. While the background does have a pattern, the foreground is so bold it draws your attention right to the red. This was taken for the Tattler Russia.
I also like collections of items in different colors and shapes, like these doors from Polyvore. You could hang these individually or as a collage in one frame. I did a similar thing for a friend where I put all the pictures in the top half of a double hung window frame. It was pretty cool, I must say.
I also like good faces. People rarely get a good portrait, because they need to be intimate and real. Like this one from Honey and Lemons on Tumblr.
Or this one from TurningPoint2 on Tumblr of a Pup with its toy.
Here’s one I pinned a while back. I like it because it is calming, and cooling and has the same effect as a black & white photo on me, I focus on the shapes. This is from Traveling Tales Productions.
I love finding so many things I enjoy on Pinterest!
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