Now, I do not generally go around the place flapping my gums about a blog that I am starting, but I thought that I would do so this time.
When I started dabbling in photography years back, I was a young, broke engineer, and while I wanted to shoot in colour – using film – it was freakishly expensive. So, looking into the shallow depths of my wallet and my almost non-existent bank balance, I started to shoot with black and white film. Luckily for me, I soon fell in love with it and decided that this was a great way to go.
My earliest photographs were absolute rubbish, but my youthful fantasies convinced me otherwise. Anyhow, against the usual grain, I persisted, and improved. Lot’s of people started to praise me, and then I became arrogant. My photographs lost their (ahem!!) lyrical quality and became pedestrian. I quit photography for ten years, and resumed only when I arrived in the country that I consider to be my second home – China (Singapore is a close number 3!)
I then discovered digital, and stopped black and white. In fact, I stopped film.
I have, in recent times, become a lot more serious about my love affair with photography, and we have become closer. I have not been shooting with black and white film, but have resolved that I will do so at least every three months. It is, after all, my first love!
Ever since I started blogging, I have seen some marvellous black and white photography sites, for instance by Cornelia Lohs(http://strassenfotojournal.com), or Ed Mooney(www.edmooneyphoto.wordpress.com) and one called The Gravel Ghost (Merillee Mitchell and her blog, http://www.thegravelghost.com).
And so, borrowing from their example, I decided to start a blog focussing only on B&W photography.
This is called “A Gypsy’s Life in Black & White”. The address is http://crooked-and-black.com
I am posting in a somewhat chronological order, so you will see some rather badly composed, scratched photographs. But then, what the heck…. It is a life in black & white after all!! The story of a love affair, if you must!