I spent the first week of this new year in Lake Tahoe – a place I love to visit during all the seasons of the year. I always enjoy all that Lake Tahoe has to offer on each of the four seasons. Winter brings snow, which for me means skiing, snow shoeing, and warm crackling fires. But regardless what season it is when I visit Lake Tahoe, I always visit my special beach. I have enjoyed this beach for the the past 25 years since I have known my husband. This beach is the beach he grew up enjoying – and subsequently, my son has grown up on this beach too. It has a special place in my heart. I have photographed it many times, but on this particular trip we were there during a pretty big snow storm and I was blessed to witness the wonder of snow falling upon it in silence. And we had the beach all to ourselves!!
I was a college student in the 80’s, where I studied photography and exclusively worked in black and white photography. In the 80s we did not have digital photography – the wet process is how I created my negatives and prints. I loved spending time in the darkroom watching my images come to life in the photographic developer under the soft glow of the amber lights. I would hover over my print in the developer gently rocking the fluid in the tray to keep the developer moving over my print. Slowly the paper would reveal its ghostly print and expose its secret. It was magic to me!! And I loved it!!
Black and white photography removes the reality that color photography provides, and leaves us with the pureness of shape, line, form, and texture. Black and white photography provides the viewer the rawness of the moment captured and elevates the image’s emotional state. It is art at its finest! Truly captivating black and white photography is so beautiful to behold!
When I stood on the snowy shore of my favorite beach this past week and gazed up to the sky and felt the softness of the snow flakes fall upon my face, I felt its peace and beauty – my spirit felt serenity. It was still and quiet and the moment spoke to me – inspired me – and I knew it had to be black and white photography. It has been a gift to see again in black and white. Where have you gone my long lost friend?
I feel gratitude.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
I hope 2016 brings you peace, beauty, serenity, and inspiration!