Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
 

There are many reasons to take black and white photographs. Seeing a scene stripped of color forces me to reflect on lighting, patterns, and even composition - things I don't think about when looking at color photos. Relationships between objects are also more apparent. But for me personally, looking at black and white images makes me feel like I've stepped back into the past, to a time when the world was a lot simpler, when nature lived in harmony with all living things. It's a reminder that the world isn't our enemy but our friend and protector.

Black and white imagery is also a reminder at how transient these moments are. If I had to attach a physical response to it, I would liken it to the pause between two breaths. As soon as I put my camera down, the world is back in color, back in motion, and back to the present. It's jarring in a way that's as pleasant as it is disturbing.

How do the images below make you feel? Do you feel as I did, haunted by the eerie silence and barren landscape? Does it whet your appetite to explore more of the world, to see what else is out there, and to imagine, for one second, that there is still something new and undiscovered in this life?

The images below were taken in black and white - that is, I used one of my camera preset options. Next goal is to shoot in RAW and edit in Lightroom.