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  • Jennifer Dowd

Capturing Seattle's Architectural Soul with Black and White Photography Aug 11-13, 2023

Black and white photography has a magical way of stripping away the distractions of color, allowing the viewer to focus on the essential elements of a scene. In a city like Seattle, where architectural styles span decades, monochrome photography can highlight the architectural details, textures, and contrasts that might be overshadowed in color images. The interplay of light and shadows becomes more pronounced, lending a sense of drama and depth to the photograph. I am by no means a pro at black and white photography or street photography, I'm just beginning my journey and I'm super excited to grow my skill set.

As you wander the streets of Seattle with your camera in hand, you'll encounter a rich assortment of buildings that tell the story of the city's growth and evolution. The iconic Spacfe Needle, a symbol of the 1962 World's Fair, rises gracefully against the sky, its sleek lines and futuristic design making for a striking black-and-white subject. Nearby, the historic Pike Place Market offers a medley of charming brick buildings, adorned with weathered signs and bustling with activity.

In the world of black and white photography, shadows become an integral part of the composition. Seattle's often overcast skies create a diffuse and soft light that can be used to your advantage. As the sunlight filters through the clouds, it casts intricate patterns of light and shadow on the buildings. These captivating patterns can be the focal point of your photographs, adding a touch of mystery and intrigue to the urban landscape.

I highly recommend trying your hand at black and white photography no matter the subject. Give it a try! At the very least, you'll train your eye to look at things differently and you'll start noticing shapes and patterns and textures.

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