MATTHEW NORDHAGEN :: PHOTOGRAPHY

B&W D.C.

April 15th, 2018

Washington D.C.

My creative goal is to begin capturing sets of images with a common theme to be arranged for presentation in photo essays. This is the first of what will be a reoccurring theme of black and white photography in Washington D.C.

While taking the above photograph, another photographer stopped and asked me what it was about this scene that made me want to capture this image. I said that it was largely because of the shadowed pattern of the tree limbs on the wall that might translate well once converted to black and white. While the harsh, mid-day sun is not what one would think of as 'ideal light', it does offer opportunities to explore these kinds of compositions and how they react to light with the absence of color. Generally, the morning and evening golden hours are not approached in this fashion as the goal is to capture the nuances of the brilliant colors associated with sunrise or sunset. The mid-day sun, on the other hand, removes any sense of nuance and what is left are extremes in both color and light. Remove color and what you have left are patterns and texture, which makes black and white, I think, so enduring and challenging. Black and white also simplifies in such a way that it requires you to slow down and think about the purpose and execution behind each image. Approaching these images from that perspective was enjoyable and one that I look forward to exploring more in future series.

Washington D.C.
Washington D.C.
Washington D.C.
Washington D.C.
Washington D.C.