A Fading Memory

Like a brilliant sunset fading to a dark night, so the colours of my childhood seep away….Livonne

I very rarely work in black and white.  I love colour.  Lots of colour.  I love big bold colours, soft pastel colours, muted dusky colours………….I really do love colour.  It’s extremely rare for me to look at a photo and think, that would look better in black and white.

Yesterday I joined a 30 day challenge with a fine art photographer who I respect greatly.  Brooke Shaden has developed this and everyday we receive some questions about why we create along with a challenge to develop our creativity.  Today’s challenge was black and white.  Oh no!  I’m totally out of my comfort zone.

I’ve been busy with appointments today so instead of getting out and shooting a photo, I went through my archive and found this photo from a previous photo shoot.  When I first took the shot, to be honest, the cobwebs on the monkey bar ring put me off so I didn’t develop it any further.  Today however, I decided to take another look at it and converted it to black and white.

Suddenly, what had put me off the photo was the highlight for me.  In black and white, the cobwebs took on a life of their own.  The  waist high grass surrounding her also began to glow which it didn’t do in it’s colour version.

As I try to tell a story with all of my imagery, I wanted the black and white to mean something.  So it was to portray a wistfulness for the magic and colour of childhood, it seemed perfect to use the beautiful Majella, all dressed up to go out, and playing on an old abandoned swing set.  I decided to highlight the slightly melancholic feel of the photo with a vintage look so added some roughness and grunge textures over the top.  I also added a matte layer to blend it all together a bit more.

Stepping outside of our comfort zone is a good thing.  It doesn’t mean I’ll revert to doing black and white as I still long to put a slight golden glow to the grass but I’m really pleased I ignored my base instincts to do colour and went with the challenge.  I can’t wait to see what tomorrow’s challenge will be.

Faded Memories



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