Crash And Burn

Black And White Photography, Emilio, Photography

 

Crash And Burn

I am very pleased to announce the premiere edition of Monochromia, the brainchild of Joe Giordano of The Visual Chronicle. My name is Emilio and I will be one of 7 contributors, each of us posting one day a week.  It will be a black and white only photo blog to which I have the distinction of being the first contributor by dint of a random drawing of names from a hat! If black and white photography is one of your passions, I hope we do not disappoint. If you do not particularly care for black and white photography, please give us at least a week for one of us to hopefully change your mind. The odds should be with us!

 

My family comes from Fontanarosa, a small town about 1 hour east of Naples, Italy. They settled first in New York, but now those of us who remain reside in the south-west United States. I first picked up a camera to document my passion for nature, the land, and the effects of the weather on my surroundings. My father was a film editor who worked mostly on television commercials in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, and had a black and white darkroom in our garage that he built himself. I assume that’s where my interest began.

To document my travels, I use a digital camera, but I feel the lack of texture decreases the effect I am going for, so I play in Lightroom. I began experimenting with black and white images just lately and find they are much more dramatic, I think.  So this opportunity to express myself comes at an opportune time.

I have no argument with people who want to reproduce exactly what the camera sees, without manipulation of any kind. But with every choice you make; the type of lens, the use of filters, the aperture, or the setting of the camera, aren’t you manipulating the image?  Therefore, I feel justified in reproducing an image with whatever is at my disposal, so that the viewer can see what I want them to see.

Thank you. I hope you will enjoy and follow our new photo blog.  I will be posting on Tuesdays and more of my images can be seen at –

Photos By Emilio

71 thoughts on “Crash And Burn

    1. Thanks, Mark. Coming from you I consider that high praise. The beams of light were a happy accident because I was shooting into the sun!

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  1. Reblogged this on LE MEHOGRAPH and commented:

    If you like black and white pictures, the new site « Monochromia » should be one you love. There will be some exclusivity from many contributors from WordPress.com planet.

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  2. This sure is a thought provoking image, Emilio.
    I had to chuckle at the Crash and Burn comments … never entered my mind about that title and a new blog! Perfect!!!
    Excellent first Monochromia post!

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    1. Yes, I was definitely tempted to change my first post to this week’s post. But then I figure why not? Live dangerously! Glad you liked it. Judging from the response, Monochromia was a darn good idea of Joe’s. Let’s hope we can sustain interest!

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    1. Thanks, Sue.I’m glad you were able to stop by! Where are you this week? And where to next? I’m going to your blog now for hints!

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      1. Emilio we are exploring our own back yard this summer primarily. I do have flashbacks from previous trips I share just to keep everyone guessing 🙂 We have a big cycling trip to Italy in September. I’ll see what else I can dream up.

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          1. Photos of course! Fly to Rome, then Pompei, Amalfi coast then cycling tour of Tuscany then Comogli and finish with four days in Nice. Currently training like a madwoman….for the cycling not the wine drinking. 🙂

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  3. Great photo. I love the timeless quality of black and white. I used to work in the dark room a lot, and it wasn’t just a matter of reproducing what the camera sees but I also did a lot of editing – especially post production. Anybody can take a photo but what you do with the editing makes it uniquely yours. I am looking forward to seeing more images on this blog. 😀

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    1. Thanks, Raewyn. You make a good point. Anyone can take a photo but the editing makes it your own. It should be interesting to see if observers are able to tell the difference among us seven. Of course, I am watermarking my images so it might be easier to tell my shots! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Janet. The color shot is a metal plane against a beige background so, yes, the color image is not very impressive. But now that I see it, I would have liked to maybe go a bit darker. More dramatic, maybe!

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  4. Emilio – I love your work and you NEVER disappoint … in fact I’ve learned an appreciation for B&W from your blog.

    Congratulations on the new blog. I hope it’s not ironic that you chose “Crash and Burn” for the first post of this new project. I think it will soar!

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    1. Funny, I was thinking of that title, too. I gave Joe every opportunity to ask me to change it. But I guess he is going to leave everyone to their own devices- even though this is his baby! Monochromia! Anyway, thank you for your praise. You’ve given me a lot of confidence with all your previous- and current- comments!

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      1. My pleasure Emilio 🙂 BTW I love the amount of comments you are getting I hope you are a good typist, LOL. I couldn’t ask for a better post and you deserve all the positive comments you are getting, way to go.

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    1. Thanks, Joe. I’ve taken a peek at what you have in store for us and you continue to blow me away!

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    1. Thanks JT. I’m sure Joe is glad too! I might have been a bit annoying with my excitement ever since being first invited to contribute!

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    1. Thanks, Madhu! You are correct that it does not have the same impact in color. A metal gray object against a beige mound of dirt? I will probably play around with it a bit more in private!

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    1. Thank you! I am not at all superstitious but perhaps I should have chosen a different title! 🙂

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  5. Congratulations to Emilio and Joe, and I am quite sure that the rest of the team will deserve it too. This first shot is quite good.
    I wish you all (and all of us 😉 ) nice publishing.

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