Julian Ray Photography

B and W Explorations

It has been many years since I’ve worked in strictly black and white. Having always been so seduced by the colours of the place I am visiting, monochrome images, the sensuality and discovery that I derived from shooting in “mono”, were set aside many years ago.

I still remember the euphoric feeling I had when I would see some Velvia or Kodachrome film image of mine printed in Cibachrome. God the colour!

So it was a lot of fun recently to revisit that form of story-telling. Like reconnecting with a long lost old friend. One that is much more complex and intricate than I remembered.

Though not shot with my old favorites, Ilford Pan F, Kodak’s Panatomic F or TMAX (I do so miss the smells of the chemistry to process them) the challenges of telling a story in B & W are still the same.

This blog post is an exploration of travel photography as told in blacks and whites.

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“When I think back
On all the crap I learned in high school
It's a wonder
I can think at all”

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“And though my lack of education
Hasn't hurt me none
I can read the writing on the wall”

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“Kodachrome
You give us those nice bright colors”

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“You give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world's a sunny day, oh yeah! “

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“I got a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph”

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“So Mama, don't take my Kodachrome away”

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“If you took all the girls I knew
When I was single”

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“And brought them all together for one night
I know they'd never match
My sweet imagination”

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“And everything looks worse in black and white”

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“Kodachrome
You give us those nice bright colors”

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“You give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world's a sunny day, oh yeah!”

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“I got a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph”

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“So Mama, don't take my Kodachrome away
“Mama, don't take my Kodachrome away”

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“Mama, don't take my Kodachrome away
Mama, don't take my Kodachrome away”

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“Mama, don't take my Kodachrome
Mama, don't take my Kodachrome”

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“Mama, don't take my Kodachrome (away)
Mama, don't take my Kodachrome
Mama, don't take my Kodachrome”

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“Mama, don't take my Kodachrome (away)”
Mama, don't take my Kodachrome”

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“(Leave your boy so far from home)”

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“Mama, don't take my Kodachrome (away)”
― Paul Simon

I look forward to seeing you out there.

Julian Ray
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