Lens Artists Photo Challenge #156: Black & White

This week, Anne Sandler has asked us to show B&W images.As she says “Some images cry out for black and white.”

I’m coming to this late in the week, and not at my computer I haven’t got access to show you the before and after. So here are just a few images that I felt worked best in monochrome.

First up, a ruined pier silhouetted against the late afternoon light, I think this works best in B&W as you concentrate on shapes (through silhouetting against the light) and textures (of the pebbly beach, the waves, the clouds) and the two figures gazing at the structure:

Now for more ruins, as these are my favourite subjects, and here it’s definitely about shapes and shadows and textures to create drama, which would not be so evident in a colour image, as we are distracted by the colour:

And finally, some decaying flowers where black & white can give us textures in the petals

Linked to Lens Artists at Anne Sandler’s here



  1. This is a great selection. I think perhaps the last one is my favourite? So very ‘you’!

    • Sue

      Aah, thank you, but all the ruins in the gallery are very ‘me’, but perhaps associated with the me before you knew, me and when I was fitter

  2. These are great Sue

  3. You’re so right. Ruins make for great subject matter when photographed (or filtered) in black and white. Very interesting techniques and compositions for this week’s challenge!

  4. Sue, your post was well worth waiting for! I love to photograph ruins and you’ve captured them so well in B & W. I especially love the first image, and think the shadowed people accent it so well. And the dying daffodils are exquisite.

  5. You have some brilliant photos here. 😀 😀

  6. Stunning black and whites – especially the decaying daffodils – so ethereal!

  7. That first shot is very utopian or even distopian. “The travellers from a universe far, far away stood at the shore of the sea, wondering about the civilisation which had left these structures to the mercy of the elements.”

  8. Love this gallery of B^W but the flowers at the end are the best Sue 🙂 🙂

  9. Those are fascinating ruins. And so well shot!

  10. Sue, absolutely stunning black and white images especially of the pier and the flowers. It was a treat !

  11. Great ruins, they usually look better in B&W I think as the textures are more apparent. I love eklastic’s comment about the pier!

  12. Loved your final image especially Sue – the b&W really makes it stand out and you’ve created it without a single thing to distract from its beauty. Lovely

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