Shot from the heart…

as expected, in black and white.

Fourth of July
Fourth of July

“I’ve been forty years discovering that the Queen of all colors is black.”

Henri Matisse

I did warn you in last week’s post. What can I say? I love the clarity that comes with black and white. While others are anticipating a riot of colors bursting into the night sky I see a hazy red blur that is much better defined without the color.

I do love an opportunity to shoot fireworks. There is such an element of surprise as to what you might see. Each time I do it I find myself more relaxed and able to take in the show at the same time as I am photographing it. I was even able to ignore the popping of flashes behind me with hardly an eye-roll as the other spectators  attempted to capture this on various flash equipped devices.

I found this to be almost meditative too as I calculated how long to leave the shutter open and envisioned what elements I was building into each frame. Would it be one singular explosion or a longer shot enveloping multiple explosions?!

Fourth of July

Fourth of July

For those disappointed by these black and white images I offer this as an opportunity to imagine all the colors of the rainbow. Whatever colors your heart may desire…and a happy independence day America!

3 thoughts on “Shot from the heart…”

  1. You know how much I love the work of Sarah Gillespie. In an exchange that we had at some point last year about her delicious, almost photographic, renderings of landscapes, water, and nature in charcoal and ink, she said: “colour is lost to me at present”. Choosing not to pry, I did not ask her to elaborate; but the phrase has niggled around in the back of my head all this time. There is no loss in removing color. Color exists only by the grace of light. Light is really the subject….in any medium.
    Love the fireworks!

  2. How did I miss this? No disappointment for me regarding the absence of colour; I always feel enriched by the exclusion. Different for some, I know. xxx

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