Meeting House

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

Meeting House, Washington, Connecticut © Steven Willard

Usually when I happen by this church, the doors are closed, but this time I was fortunate enough to find them open, and even more fortunate that the time of day was providing light inside.

Olympus OM-D EM1 with 12-40mm f2.8 Pro. Processed in Snapseed.

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Room for Two

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

Room for two © Steven Willard

Stone Bench

Come, sit with me

Under this cherry tree

The stone is hard and unforgiving

But there’s room for two.

 

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Lean on me

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

Lean on me © Steven Willard

It sounds ludicrous to say that I stumbled upon one of New York City’s iconic buildings, but that’s how it felt. I was part of a group taking a photo walk around the city, and had no idea we were near the Flat Iron building until we were standing in front of the pointy end of it. I wanted to record it in some way, but was a loss how to do that under the circumstances. Fortunately a woman stopped at just the right time and in just the right place, and the image was made.

Olympus OMD EM1 with 12-40mm f2.8 lens.

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John Ames, Boston, 2017

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

John, Boston © Steven Willard

I met John online through WordPress. We followed one another, “liking” and commenting on each other’s work until I felt that I knew him as a friend even though we had never met in person. We fixed that this past Summer when I drove up to Boston. When we met it was as though we had known each other for years. I had a great time being shown around Boston, talking photography, and in general just getting acquainted.

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The glazer’s bad dream

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

Glazer’s bad dream © Steven Willard

The outbuilding was some way off the road. What caught my eye was the reflection of the sun off the broken glass. As photographers we are constantly searching for interesting elements; lines, textures, contrasts, and tones, and hopefully meaning*, which offerers the biggest challenge. Does the image serve as a metaphor for something deeper?

*Minor White asked us to not just, “photograph a thing for what it is, but for what else it is”, which I believe is the best advice to photographers anyone ever offered, “f8 and be there”, a close second.

Olympus OMD EM1 with 40-150mm f2.8 lens, processed first in Snapseed® then moved to Nova® for conversion to black and white.

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Sunset, Peru, Massachusetts

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

Peru, Massachusetts © Steven Willard

I had wanted to photograph this church located in the small town of Peru,Massachusetts for several years. The problem had always been a matter of light, and the fact that I didn’t get by there very often. This day, however, my companion and I had left Shelburne Falls, earlier than usual which put us in Peru at just the right time.

I worked for a bit trying to photograph the building without including the wires, but it just wasn’t possible, and in the end decided that they were part of the true image and could be included without ruining it.

Olympus OMD EM1 with 12-40mm f2.8 zoom.

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The meaning of Lillies

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

Lillies © Steven Willard

I’m not sure I understand what it means that the flower most associated with funerals is also the thirtieth anniversary flower, according toTeleflora’s website. Sometimes it’s best not to read too much into things.

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Say What?

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

 

Say what? New York City © Steven Willard

You know how you can be walking around and catch a part of a conversation that attracts your attention? On a recent meet up with some members of the Monochromia blog we found ourselves waiting in Grand Central Station. I was walking past the information kiosk when those words caught my attention. That’s all I heard, but it was enough to spin me around in search of the source, hoping for a photograph. I saw this and the camera came up long enough to record this image and then everything changed. People stepped in front of me, and by the time I got another look it was all over and the woman at the window was gone. Damn, this street photography business is hard for an old guy like me!

Olympus OMD EM1 with 12-40mm f2.8 zoom processed in Snapseed.

Needs Paint

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven
Just needs paint © Steven Willard

Just needs paint © Steven Willard

The realtor must have had a sense of humor, or had never actually seen the property.

I was reminded of the wonderful movie, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) staring Cary Grant and Myrna Loy as a couple tired of living in Manhattan who buy a run down house in Connecticut, only to find out they are in over their heads. Melvin Douglas plays the role of the “suffering” architect who tries to give everybody what they want. Don Brodie in the role of the painter knows a thing or two about handling a client without them knowing it, and Louise Beavers, the family cook who saves the day. Cary and Myrna at their best.

Olympus OMD EM1 with legacy 50mm f3.5 macro. Black and White conversion with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.

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