As much as I enjoy color, especially after a long winter, sometimes only black and white will do.  For me, this is such a case.  Every third Monday, Sally asks us for a monotone shot taken with a mobile or none-traditional camera.  This was taken pre-iPhone some years ago with my iPad.

“To see in color is a delight for the eye but to see in black and white is a delight for the soul.” – Andri Cauldwell

© janet m. webb

There’s something strange and powerful about black-and-white imagery.
”– Stefan Kanfer

  1. I love it too… that are clear colors, there is no bright-white or dark-black, it’s just b&w and that makes it so special :o)

  2. nowathome says:

    This image has a magical feel!

  3. Janet, I really enjoyed your still life, the slice of everyday life made bolder by monochrome. I use my iPad for editing and post processing. Never used it for photo shoots. Happy Photo Challenge.

    • Sally, I got my iPad long before my iPhone (or any phone that took photos.) The iPad’s much harder to carry around, of course, but I remember taking photos of the Chihuly installation in Phoenix and hearing someone behind me remark on what great photos the iPad took. 🙂 So until I got my phone, the iPad was my go-to camera.

  4. I especially like the shadows on the wall…to me it adds a lot and i think B&W works very well for that.

  5. Allan G. Smorra says:

    i feel like I am looking through a frosted window, Janet. Outstanding use of shadows in B&W.

  6. There’s something ethereal about this piece. It’s mysterious.

  7. Stunning shot, as usual. I have a lamp much like this one, still waiting for me in a box to install it, but I don’t think the background it will light will be quite so amazing. Books, rather. 🙂

    • Janet, that first sentence made my day. Thanks. 🙂 This is an IKEA lamp, so we got great shadows for a budget price. 🙂 As for books, I often think I should write a blog titled “Decorating with Books.”

      janet, also

  8. Su Leslie says:

    This is a really good shot Janet. I love the composition and it speaks to me of peacefulness and reflection.

  9. Emilio Pasquale says:

    Oh, yeah. Have to agree with you on this one. Black and white is the only way to go. Perfect!

  10. Madhu says:

    Beautiful! Can see why it had to be monochrome for those soft shadows.

  11. Amy says:

    Perfect, yet so beautiful!! Excellent shot, Janet!

  12. bythebriny says:

    Beautifully simple and effective.

  13. Shadows on the wall are so intriguing…a whole different world going on there which we bump into sometimes? Love this one

  14. Hammad Rais says:

    Love the softness, which is very much reigning the whole snap.

  15. marianallen says:

    Filmmaker Wim Wenders says b&w shows “the shape of things.” Beautiful shot!