Leanne Cole does a weekly Monochrome Madness post consisting of all the B&W photos she receives during each week. It’s not a contest, but a place for photographers to show their B&W work; anyone can submit photos.
Every four weeks she has a themed post. This week, for MM2-22, it is “Bridges”.
Before I get into my submission, here are the photos I submitted since my last post about Monochrome Madness.
So . . . “Bridges”
Checking out the other contributions, I’m almost embarrassed with my efforts . . . then I remembered I’m a I(E)S(N)T(F)J(P) personality; I basically do stuff for myself. I’m not proud or embarrassed, I don’t seek validation or shy away from it, and while I like for people to enjoy what I do, if they don’t it makes me no nevermind.
Yesterday I was a E(I)N(S)F(T)P(J) personality and I still did stuff for my own entertainment, satisfaction, and pleasure as well as for the pleasure, satisfaction, and entertainment of all that be so inclined.
So, here are all the bridges I crossed to arrive at my selection.
At first, I wanted to use this photo . . .
Technically, that is an elevated monorail track. I suppose it could be considered a bridge over calm waters but upon reflection, I thought that was a stretch.
One bridge I like and that has historical significance is this bridge.
There is a segment of the US population who can name you the bridge, why it was important, and how many people died trying to cross it and how many died trying to keep people from crossing it and also name the date it all happened: September 17, 1862.
My first effort was one of sobering darkness befitting the history of it . . .
But, I did not like that much . . . you can, after all, project drama in other ways.
. . . . perhaps a bit more contrast . . .
That brings out the texture of the stones who stood as mute witnesses to the struggle of men on both physical and philosophical grounds.
I settled on this next one as the processing of choice; processing I think appropriate for that place.
Not as stark, the harshness of both the texture and the memory muted by the passage of time.
But I knew and was proved right, that people would submit many amazing bridges from around the world. As much as I like the above, it would not merit even a glance amid fantastic architectural wonders from locations spanning the continents . . . well, not literally spanning, but you know what I mean.
So, I decided to go with the Bridge That Was; perhaps a portent of humanity’s future or a symbol of our government’s commitment to us, the citizens. Maybe it’s just a metaphor for the way corporations treat us . . . what they promise and what they deliver are two different and incompatible things. Come to think of it, that also covers our politicians, but then it’s difficult telling those two apart.
Some readers with long memories might recall THIS POST from a year and a half ago.
My first conversion was a straightforward one . . .
Then, I thought a ‘flatter’ look might work . . .
. . . but that seemed . . . boring is the word I’m looking for. Perhaps a touch of HDR . . .
I like that, but still ‘lighter’ than I wanted . . . not enough punch; more contrast?
Not bad, but I thought it needed a bit more drama . . .
I liked that some of the attention shifted to the foreground water . . .
Still, it needs more drama; drama befitting the metaphorical ominousness of the scene.
Oh, nearly there . . . but I need to balance the attention between the water and the Bridge That Was.
This is what I ended up with and what I submitted.
Again, you can check all of the submissions HERE. I showed mine here because you’d hardly notice it among the amazing photos you’ll find there.
Monochrome Madness is open to all. As mentioned, it is not a contest . . . it’s a showcase for people’s adventures in B&W photography. Professional or amateur, all are welcomed. If you have a favorite B&W photo or even a not-so-favorite, consider contributing; you will not be judged, and the photo might provide enjoyment for a pair of eyes or two.
The next themed challenge, for MM2-26: Urban. I’m assuming the setting, and not Karl, the actor with that name (one of my few favorite actors; still pissed they cancelled Almost Human.) The MM2-26 translates to Monochrome Madness Year 2, Week 26.
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