Back to Basics in Black and White


The color photos of William Eggleston were something of an inspiration for the present website. His oeuvre of photographing the ordinary offered a rationale for documenting the world around me -- just photograph the world as it appears. And the world appears in color. But most of the work of the great 20th century photographers was in black and white. There is a directness and purity to the black and white image. Can this still be had in the digital age? Can you just convert old photos to black and white, or do you purposely have to photograph for black and white? How do you process the color to black and white? I decided to carry the Coolpix A in my pocket to find out. The Coolpix A is a simple camera. It's small and unobtrusive. There is truth to the idea that the point and shoot lowers the barrier to the world around you. The photos here were made in raw format and were adjusted to taste in Lightroom. Herewith, some images from around town over the last month.


Gear Photos were made with a Nikon Coolpix A.