I was very recently nominated to compete in a 5 day B & W Challenge. The goal was to each day pick and post one favorite B & W photo I have taken. Anyone who knows me will absolutely not be surprised that I could not seem to focus on just one thing and therefore did not exactly follow the rules. After perusing over 300 photos I finally narrowed it down to “some” of my favorite photos. I like them so much I thought I would share (and in some cases re-share) the entire grouping here.
These photos represent only a few of my favorites from New York to India. I love them because they express everything from sadness to pure chaos. There is just something about a black and white that is timeless and beautiful. I hope you enjoy.
One thing I love about taking pictures is having the opportunity to later look back on them and try to figure out what the story might have been behind the person, the facial expression or the body language. Here are a few of my favorite people story photos.
There’s so much grey to every story – nothing is so black and white.
You say to a brick, ‘What do you want, brick?’ And brick says to you, ‘I like an arch.’ And you say to brick, ‘Look, I want one, too, but arches are expensive and I can use a concrete lintel.’ And then you say: ‘What do you think of that, brick?’ Brick says: ‘I like an arch.’
Arches in Turkey
The Romans were not inventors of the supporting arch, but its extended use in vaults and intersecting barrel shapes and domes is theirs. ~~~Harry Seidler
Arches in India
Behind the proscenium arch, you can’t always hear what people in the audience are saying.
Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. – Ancient Indian Proverb
Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.
The Boudhanath Stupa, which was built after the Mughal invasions, is one of the holiest of Tibetan Buddhist temples in Kathmandu, Nepal. From pictures or from a distance it looks like it would be surrounded but mountains or wilderness. However, it is on the eastern side of the city of Kathmandu and is surrounded by chaos, traffic and hoards of tourists.
The stupa itself is full of symbolism. There are nine levels, 13 rings, a 16-sided wall and five Dhyani Buddhas. These things represent everything from paths to enlightenment to well, the Earth. When you enter the stupa you are supposed to walk around the entire stupa clockwise. Not just once, but three times. “To go around it counter-clock-wise not only will you not be gaining any merit, but you will be generating negative karma by doing so.” so the saying goes. I honestly hope this isn’t true.
What I love most about visiting this stupa is the quietness and the color. Every color is enhanced by the complete whiteness of the stupa itself. My cousin and a friend stopped into Kathmandu for a visit and we decided to start the day with breakfast at the stupa.
It was a very good decision. I hope you enjoy the view.