Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Black and White…black (and white) Beans

Posted: August 15, 2016 in Phoneography Challenge
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August is flying by with indecent haste, bringing thoughts of the colors of fall, even though green is still rich and abundant.  However, it’s the third Monday of the month, meaning we eschew color for a trip back into the time of black and white photography.  So simple now to play not only with color/monotone, but to edit, undo, redo, do more and different things.  I’m hearkening back to earlier this year when I took the train into “the city”, Chicago proper, and while waiting for the Art Institute to open, enjoyed a distorted view of the city and my fellow humans courtesy of The Bean.

In photos of the outside of The Bean, the city appears to bend and curve, but when shot from underneath, The Bean hints strongly at Escher and his contemporaries.  It also translates easily into monotone showcasing that distorted, other-worldly, impossible world.






  1. Sue says:

    Looks great in monochrome, because we concentrate on those shapes, those curves!

  2. “Indecent haste”, “we eschew color”, “other-worldly”. Phew. Someone was drinking their coffee early this morning!

    PS – nice shot J!

    • I hate to disappoint you, MB, but I was a writer before I was doing much photography and that tends to break through sometimes. I put the post together last night,when not only was I not drinking coffee (I drink tea), but was having trouble staying awake to watch the end of the Olympic coverage (didn’t make it.) But I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. 🙂


  3. Dan Antion says:

    As soon as I saw the photo, I thought “The Bean” – great choice for this challenge, Janet.

  4. Janet, thank you for your perspective on this intriguing work of public art. I’ve always wanted to see it up close and personal. Yours is another view for my perusal. Great in monochrome. Happy Photo Challenge.

  5. thirdeyemom says:

    Wonderful Janet!

  6. Angeline M says:

    Definitely lovely in monochrome. Seeing as how I’m cooking beans for dinner right now, it took me a moment to get my brain in gear, and look at your photos to realize what The Bean is. And it’s beautiful!

  7. Fun images, Janet. Love these. 🙂

  8. You have the most amazing eye! Like these a lot.