Wednesday, August 25, 2010
“Life is like a good black and white photograph, there’s black, there’s white, and lots of shades in between.” ~Karl Heiner
Lots of shades indeed… in the world of politics, it seems everything is reduced to black and white, in the real world things are very different. The real world seems to be chuck full of contrast, full of many shades of reality, shades of skin, many and variable cultural norms. e.e. cummings likened the world to circus, saying,
Damn everything but the circus!
…damn everything that is grim, dull,
motionless, unrisking, inward turning,
damn everything that won’t get into the
circle, that won’t enjoy, that won’t throw
its heart into the tension, surprise, fear
and delight of the circus, the round
world, the full existence…
In my own images, I try to capture life and the world as it comes at me, in its many flavors and styles. In fact that seems to be my style, to capture the world as I experience it, in all its endless delight, tension surprise and fear.
Here is an image you might think to be a black and white image until you look more closely. The contrast was so great it gives that appearance, but there is color in one leaf and in the bottom right corner.