Category Archives: Black + White

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murpworkschrome is my new website and all my photography will be posted there. It will be my repository for my best work. So, visit it for monochrome, chrome, available light, nature, landscape, urban…

I’ve split it into two distinct streams so you can chose between

  • Black and white photography – monochrome
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Photography inspired by the world around me.

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Avebury in April

I took these photographs in Avebury back in April 2018. A very different approach was taken to each photograph but it is the land that pulls them together as a cohesive whole. I have visited here, many times with mu and we always find it a special place to spend time. The history is palpable. This Avebury in April showed a stark landscape brought about by the clouds that hung ominously, but didn’t rain.

Avebury in April - Branches image
Branches
Discarded branches at the approach to the path, across from the stone circle. The path runs along side the stream, in front of Silbury Hill.

Avebury in April - Rolling Hill image
Rolling Hill
A rolling hill, to the left as you walk toward Silbury Hill and on further, to West Kennet Long Barrow.

Avebury in April - Stream at Silbury Hill
Stream at Silbury Hill
The stream that runs at the foot of Silbury Hill was in full flow with clear cold water.

Avebury in April - Silbury Hill BW image
Silbury Hill
Silbury Hill. A man-made hill in the prehistoric landscape.


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mu in the Snow B+W Photo

mu in the Snow

mu in the Snow B+W image

The girl from the South West meets the Beast from the East.

I Love this Photo of mu in the Snow

I love this photo as it captures the fun of the snow. mu is clearly happy after braving the snowfall to place fatballs out for the birds. The ground was covering fast and any food sources would be impossible to find. I think Black and White for this photograph suits the subject, the contrast works.  It doesn’t snow very often in Wiltshire and when it does, it rarely ever settles. This time it did to create a Snow Garden.

This was a last claw of Winter, within 48 hours it had all gone and was just a distant memory and #beastfromtheeast fell from photographs, tweets and posts as quickly as the snow. I still see the occasional pile by the side of a drive or road persists, packed hard by shovelling and impacted by road grit.

 

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Snow Garden Photography

The building of Snow Garden

The Building of Snow Garden image
Snowfall

The snow came this year. Most years, down here in Wiltshire, we seem to be sheltered from the worst of the weather that affects more exposed areas. It was the combination of the Beast from the East and Hurricane Emma meeting, that dumped a thick white blanket. It caused chaos for 48 hours; blocking roads, closing railways lines and stations and grounding planes at airports across Britain.

Meanwhile, in a small village just off the Western edge of Salisbury Plain, I was given the opportunity to capture one of my favourite photographs to date.

Snow Garden image
Snow Garden

 

Snow Garden

Continuing the theme of Snow Garden, after the snow had fallen and lain in the grip of cold, I captured more shots in the garden.

I used the Creamtone B+W Preset in Lightwave to process these images and it gave them the feel I was looking for.

 

 

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rp

 

The Steps Upto a Door

The steps upto a door is a re-visit of a photograph I took last year

Steps Upto a Door image

I always see steps leading upto somewhere rather than down-from.

 

A Little Bit of Le Corbusier

These are in the Three Horseshoes Walk precinct in Warminster, Wiltshire. They are very utilitarian and unadorned, they conjure up thoughts of Le Corbusier, passing through and thinking “That wall’s a bit bare, I could spruce it up a bit. I know, a series of steps…”. He then moved on to some big commission for an important client, in some perfect setting, feeling like he’d put something back into the community.

When seen in context, below it looks as if you could pick them up and move them or even some kind of plain Trompe L’oeil

Steps Upto a Door I image

 

Peace and phoptography

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From the Foot of Glastonbury Tor

Photograph from the foot of Glastonbury Tor

Winter Tor IV B+W image

Detail

Taken on 27 January 2018 at 16:38 on Google Pixel 2.

The gritty Winter’s day led me to manipulate this photogrpah from its original colour, into Black + White. Glastonbury Tor is iconic. It stands proud above the Somerset landscape as a beacon to anyone who looks at the world differently. It is a mixture of myth, magnificence, nature and man.

This won’t be the last time I will photograph the Tor.

 

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Sometimes You Just Need a Mistake

Sometimes you just need a mistake…

Mistake - Light Writing image

Tithe Barn

I took this photograph in Bradford-on-Avon Tithe Barn on 16 December 2017 and even though it was during the day, it was dark. Movement, coupled with lack of light produced the above image.

The Tithe barn backs onto the Kennett and Avon Canal and it was against the wall that runs around the barn. It was on the towpath side that the Floating Christmas Market was held (see my Tales from the Bilge blog post).

 

Less of a Mistake

The actual photo I was trying to get looked more like this

Tithe Barn

 

However, I think the following Black & White image captures the feel of the place on the day best. I love the sword-shaped window, hanging Damoclean against the far wall.

Tithe Barn a B+W image

 

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Platformed

Platformed

From the journey into work , to the station. The train now standing…

Platform I3 B+W image
Platform 13

Behind Platform 13 is about to be transformed after years of neglect. There’s something fitting about this image to me – everything stripped away…

Platform 11 B+W image
Platform 11

The industrial grime of the railway line is brought out, while everyone walks away…

Platform 9 B+W image
Platform 9

I see the Sans Serif boldness stands out against encroaching grime and flaking paint…

 

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