Black & White Abstraction

If you have not experimented with black and white photography, ghost towns are a good place to start. We are used to seeing old black and white images of early settlements, so those memories can help you image what the scene before you might look like without color. And most ghost towns don't have much in the way of color left, particularly on building exteriors.

Roof Detail
Agfa Scala black & white slide film
Garnet, Montana

As you consider a black and white image, remember that shape, texture and light are the characteristics you have to work with in the absence of color. The triangle of bright shingles outlined against the dark wood of the nearby walls is what attracted me to this abstract shot in Garnet, Montana. Using a telephoto lens allowed me to isolate just this portion of the buildings.

Learn some of the history and visit this preserved mining town in my Photograph Garnet Ghost Town class this summer, July 12-19, 2018. Click here to register online.