Seeing Black and White in Siouxland, Le Mars

8 Mar

As spring approaches and and the warmer weather helps ensure to entice one to go outdoors, the world will become alive again with color. Blue sky, green grass, flowers and fresh paint for those buildings that may need a make over. But sometimes seeing color in terms of black and white where everything is about tones is challenging and liberating at the same time. During a clear winter day I spent some time in Le Mars, Iowa, walking known paths and trying to stay out of the wind on a cold and brisk day. And ducking into alleys I have walked many times revisiting some wall murals that I have previously photographed.

Sometimes working between color and black and white takes a bit of an effort to know where your color will be in terms of the grey scale. And with the bright, hard winter light I loved the shadows and tonality that I captured. I shot B&W images inside my camera rather than covering. Using a Fuji XT-1 the shooting in B&W with a red filter film simulation works for me. Very similar to what I remember in shooting B&W film, Tri-X, Plus-X and sometimes Pan-X. I find that black and white images are generally more timeless and lend a different feeling that seeing the images in color.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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