Two thousand and twenty-three was both an interesting and challenging year. I had committed myself to only use a black and white camera for twelve months starting in October of 2022. However I still used my iPhone now and then when a camera was not available or when a color image was called for.
By focusing on black & white, or monochrome images, I forced myself to improve my skills in seeing shapes, lines, forms and texture. All of which are builkding blocks for making a better, stronger image.
In all, am satisfied with the photos captured and the improvements made in 2023.
Now lets see the results, start with a few color images.
Only two photos in the final selection had no people in them. Of late, I tend to photograph people I encountered on the street or at some event. Many strangers will posed for me if asked in a polite way, and others were captured without their knowledge when an opportunity presented itself. Now and then again I'll photograph a landscape or create a travel photo, such as...
Old Wooden Pier
Seal Beach, CA
and then it's back to... people.
F. Fellini Family Matriarch
Young and Old
Five thirty AM, where is my choir?
Political Street Demonstration
Plaza Major, Spain
Five O'clock somewhere... Street Cafe
A tribute to Edward Hopper,
Hot Havana Nights
Five AM Prayer Time
Now we get into the monochrome photos.
White Sands Solitude
Small Town Taxi
Building Tobacco Drying Shed
Valle Viñales, Cuba
Adapting the new to the old, Oxen Cart
Valles Viñales, Cuba
Street and Model Portraits
Retired and Happy
Jerry Brown, Photographer
Juergen, a German Businessman
Porkpie Hat Blows Jazz
Havana Social Club
Popular Cuban Entertainer
Salsa Moves the Soul
Dancing in Sync
Havana Social Club
No, No, No
Havana Social Club, Cuba
And those are the ones that made the final cut out of the couple thousand photos taken in 2023.
In 2024 we return to color photography but still occasionally making B&W prints.
Ride safe, see you on down the road,