It’s great to go out of your comfort zone, but it’s easier said than done. After being nominated for the Five Day Black and White Challenge, I decided this was a great way to do just that. You can read more about the origins of the challenge on USA Today, but the version my friend explained was to post a black and white photo on Instagram every day for five days. He’s a great black and white photographer and had no problem. I, on the other hand, had to really think. I love and appreciate black and white photography especially in portraits, but I love color more. If my photography has any style or reoccurring theme at all it would be featuring bright, vibrant colors. This was going to be a challenge to say the least.
My strategy was to take shots of things I’d love in color and see what happened when I processed them in black and white. Since it seemed within the rules, I also posted two photos old photos. I tried to edit them all on Photoshop for a higher quality feel, but one of the days my program was acting up and I had to use my Galaxy S4 to shoot and edit. It’s also pretty obvious which that photo that is, but it was still a blast!
I was even so inspired, I made a collage inspired by my finding a career search in my new city (oh yea, we moved states :D) and black and white! Once again, collages are something I do in bright colors, so this was a unique way to incorporate some of the lessons I learned in the Instagram challenge.
Check them out below and see more on my Instagram!
And here’s the collage! It’s black and white AND inspiring.