Well, maybe not completely different, but I'm in a Monty Python sort of mood lately.
I don't profess to know much of anything about photography. Sure, I know some things. I have worked very hard to know these things I know. But out of All There Is To Know About Photography, I know only a little.
It seems that I have gotten to this point where I am right now with my photography and I'm not really learning much new. And, well, I can't have that. So I was thinking about what I could do, given my time and budget constraints, that might propel me forward. Or at least give me a new experience or two.
Then the other day, V and I were outside. I'd just bought us a rake and raked a couple of piles of leaves for her to pounce on. I decided that I would actually flip the camera into black and white mode - normally I just convert photos to black and white in Photoshop if I think they'll look nice that way. Well, something clicked. I was having flashbacks to my early 20s and buying loads of Kodak Tri-X Pan film, dreaming of the day when I could learn how to develop it myself. It was freeing. I get a bit wrapped up in my photos being sharp that I'll often reject pictures that aren't as sharp as I'd like. And some of them might be perfectly good photos - it's very hard for me to tell sometimes. With black and white that doesn't matter as much to me. Black and whites aren't always supposed to be sharp.
I never did learn to develop b&w film and won't likely be doing that anytime soon, but I decided that the kick in the butt I've been needing is to spend a month taking only black and white photos. November 1-30, that's what you'll see here. So prepare yourself; it might get pretty stark.
It might instead be a celebration of light and shadow,
of more pure emotion,
of details that might have gone unnoticed before.
I'm not making any promises, but that's what I'll be shooting for.
Wish me luck.