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Looking at Black and White

January 6, 2017

Black and white are the polar opposites. Such extreme contrast in value makes it necessary for both the positive and negative shapes to be interesting. How can a shape be interesting you ask? Have a look at some of these pictures individually to see if you can spot interesting darks and lights. The ironwork just below has only slightly different sizes of negative spaces. Some are similar in size.  The sizes of the shapes in Dorothea’s rock are very different in size and the lines that divide the rock are organic and contrasting as well. I drew a flower in white pen on a black paper as a warm up exercise and deliberated doodled to contrast the quantity of black versus white.  It makes you look at the lines of the shapes. Your attention bounces first to black and then white etc. –  a little like a jig saw puzzle. This jigsaw effect can make for a lively sense of movement. There are many gradient greys between black and white. Look at the slight difference of greys on the Oxford University to see how shadows also create dark against light. Our design students hunt for grey or black and white to take photos with interesting compositions. Click on the picture to maje them larger and see the captions.  Thank you to our students for some images of artwork featured.   Gail Harker

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Penny Peters permalink
    January 6, 2017 6:30 pm

    How lovely! The photos seem to go well with our winter skies and icy ground, all blacks, whites and grays. Thank you, Gail.

  2. enid permalink
    January 6, 2017 6:50 pm

    Wow! Impressive and exciting photos and impressions turned into art. They have all really stirred my soul! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Barbara Fox permalink
    January 6, 2017 8:37 pm

    Wonderful collection of the nuances of black and white. Thank you for sharing these, Gail.

  4. January 6, 2017 11:54 pm

    I agree with Penny, it reminds me of the winter we are having here. Lots of snow and cold make for lots of white, gray and black.

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