Vintage Photos: Autumn Explorations in Black and White

Moses enjoys her autumn nap on the bricks.
Moses enjoys her autumn nap on the bricks.

Why photograph the most colorful season in black and white? To challenge what I see and what I think I know, to see the shapes and details and the compositions, leaving me with textures and patterns that are the foundations of my compositions. The colorful leaves and amber sun, all the comforting warm tones, change to values of gray in black and white, but the light…the light is still that distinctive angle, nearly horizontal sometimes, highlighting details you might not notice in any other season. And this was black and white film, because there is nothing like black and white film, with lenses and filters, not digital shots with effects, so it was even more challenging than the immediate reassurance of checking the little display on my digital camera.

Moses on her bricks.
Moses on her bricks.

I found a box of black and white photos that I knew had existed but had been separated from the rest. They are from 2004 to 2006, so not terribly vintage, but because black and white processing became more and more difficult during those years I had to wait to see my photos. I found local film developers who would still do a few rolls and took several at once, then tucked them all together in a box and in my studio. Over the course of those three years, just before I bought my DSLR but still had a halfway decent Olympus digital, I went out to the garden, to my neighborhood, and to the trails with a roll or two of black and white film in October or November.

Stanley just can't stay awake on the deck.
Stanley just can’t stay awake on the deck.

Of course, there are cats on each roll too, and watching them enjoy their sunbaths works with color or without. Moses was always hard to resist on her bricks, and of course she works just fine in black and white. And I so enjoyed exploring Stanley at the end of his life when he was so much more relaxed. I think I’ll be featuring this theme over the next two weeks as well, and we’ll see Moses on her bricks and Stanley on the deck, Namir and Sophie in morning sunlight and watching me from the front door as the leaves fall and the sun changes from soft to stark as November comes near.

Stanley on his rocker and on the deck.
Stanley on his rocker and on the deck.

Above are all the feline photos, below the flowers and vegetables. To save time I scanned them in groups and left most of them that way, pulling a few favorites to feature; there were others on this roll too. I have so many photos I will never be able to do anything with most of them but share them now and then, but at least I can do that, and I hope you enjoy them.

Dill with dewdrops in morning sun.
Dill with dewdrops in morning sun.

 

Squashes making the most of the end of the season, corn tops with a tiny spiderweb, a last squash blossom like a star, more kale with dewdrops.
Squashes making the most of the end of the season, corn tops with a tiny spiderweb, a last squash blossom like a star, more kale with dewdrops.

 

Corn tops with a tiny spider web.
Corn tops with a tiny spider web.
Dill, more dill, asparagus fern, more kale with dewdrops.
Dill, more dill, asparagus fern, more kale with dewdrops.

 

Kale with dewdrops, a mountain of autumn joy sedum, feverfew reaching for the sun, sedum flowers.
Kale with dewdrops, a mountain of autumn joy sedum, feverfew reaching for the sun, sedum flowers.

 

Cleome in high contrast, a simple yellow marigold, dill with dewdrops very closeup, just a mass of shapes in the garden.
Cleome in high contrast, a simple yellow marigold, dill with dewdrops very closeup, just a mass of shapes in the garden.
Cleome in high contrast.
Cleome in high contrast.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Vintage Photos: Autumn Explorations in Black and White

  • October 21, 2019 at 12:37 pm
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    I enjoy B&W photos too! I snapped a few of Da Boyz this weekend, ’cause their black furs blend in so much when they are curled up together. However, I purchased reflectors to perhaps help me with giving more depth to my black-cat photos…haven’t tried yet, but I will!

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  • October 21, 2019 at 12:19 am
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    There’s just something special about B&W prints. Many years ago I started taking some of my shots in B&W and found things in them that didn’t show up in color. I love ’em but haven’t taken any since I shifted to digital. I may have to try some now. Thanks for the images.

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