In black and white photography, texture and composition count heavily.  When color is taken away, what’s left are texture, shapes and how the photo is staged, the bones of the photo.  Black and white can be very dramatic.  I grew up when all photos were black and white and color wasn’t an option.  Next,  you had to decide what type of film, B&W or color, to use and go with that.  Now you can choose to shoot in B&W or you can shoot in color and make your photo B&W later if you like, one of a variety of editing choices that used to be relegated to the darkroom.

When I began participating in this challenge, I didn’t do any editing and all the photos that I chose were naturally black and white.  I still like finding pictures that are that way and the three I’m sharing this week took very little tweaking.

If you’d like to get a feel for what black and white photography can be, take a look at these 100+ black and white photos.  You don’t have to go through an annoying slideshow where you have to keep clicking and adjusting the page. Just scroll down and devour the beauty and variety.  And of course, you should also check the beauty and variety showcased by the photographers who participate in the Phoneography Challenge, live every Monday.


“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
~Ansel Adams, iconic black and white photographer

Bathroom wall

Bathroom wall


“To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.”
~Ansel Adams


Artichoke center

Artichoke center


“Sometimes I arrive just when God’s ready to have someone click the shutter.”
~Ansel Adams

Water glass

Water glass

  1. M-R says:

    I believe I’ve recently seen Megz and Bryan putting something like that on a kitchen splashback – it’s really interesting !!

  2. Suzanne says:

    These are interesting – I particularly like the second one. I like what you have written and Adams quotes are very pertinent.

  3. galan12 says:

    Brill close ups, ever thought of doing a quiz of recognising the article.. 😉

  4. Gorgeous in diversity Janet!

  5. Wonderful set of monochromes, especially enjoyed the wall. Black and white emphasizes the textures, designs and lines. All given a stage by your perspective. Happy Photo Challenge.

  6. Angeline M says:

    Wonderful photos. I especially like the perspective of the artichoke center.

  7. Bumba says:

    Great photos! Isn’t phonegraphy something like them old record players?.

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  9. Madhu says:

    Stunning every single one Janet! I particularly love the softness of the artichoke center.

  10. Stunning shots. 😀

  11. Dawn says:

    What an artistic artichoke. Not just yummy but beautiful. 🙂

  12. aloha Janet. you have a great sense of the nature of black and white photography. it’s a different kind of thinking from color photography, even tho as you point out we can now change back and forth between color and B&W once we take the photo. it still takes a different eye to select the image and composition that will work in black and white. well spoken. and excellent photos. i’m hard pressed to pick a favored one. aloha. rick

  13. Janet, I almost posted a wet glass this week but mine didn’t have the droplets yours dose. (not hot enough her) Great shot! And our artichoke isn’t ripe yet. I’ll remember your B&W shot when it does.
    Great minds and all Happy Shooting 🙂

    • I wish we had our own artichokes. There are lots of thistles around the lake near us and if they were all artichokes, life would be wonderful (and we’d all be fighting for them, I suppose.) Enjoy yours when they come.


  14. Mmm, a lovely variety of textures and patterns. Thanks so much for turning us on to the Phoneography Challenge! So happy to have discovered your blog!

    • Thanks very much. I’m glad I could hook you up with the Phoneography Challenge. It’s great and there are so many excellent photos. As for my blog, I’m always happy to meet new people so don’t make a stranger of yourself/selves.


  15. says:

    Love these Janet!

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