isolation #19

When I see a ship in a bottle I imagine it reflects all that the sailor felt when making it. In full sail, the ship is like a horse champing at the bit; the bottle stoppers all the frustration of being landlocked and waiting for the next voyage.

The tiny full-rigger predestined to ride
To its cable of thread on its green-painted tide,
In its wine-bottle world while the old world went on,
And the sailor who made it was long ago gone.

Cicely Fox-Smith

Speaking to friends and family I know that same kind of cabin fever is beginning to effect our moods and outlook but there are still plenty of reasons to be cheerful – we just have to seek them!

This week is Holy Week and though our churches are closed, for many Christians devotion and contemplation continues. It seems appropriate too that this week I am returning to black and white images – it is not a reflection of depression but rather a re-acquaintance with the monochrome I love best and the moods and details it can convey. [Coming back relatively recently from the Technicolour world of New Zealand I had almost forgotten how much I prefer the B&W photography and why but am still writing up my next NZ Travel chapter in full colour].

Black and white photography can also capture the awesomeness and glory of this world in a way that colour photography often cannot.

The emotions of black and white photography

Out on my daily walk there is not much of tremendous impact to see unless the weather comes up trumps! However, it’s all there in the details and I am going to seek them! Anyone else feeling a monochrome mood coming on?

For as long as I'm well, am posting a pic a day to enhance these Covid-19 times of isolation and lockdown

7 Comments on “isolation #19

  1. Interesting that you asked…I noticed a shift to monochrome a few days age. I thought it may reflect a need for life to have a bit more clarity and clarification of tones. Depression, not yet.

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  2. Easter always feels sombre and monochrome… I can’t believe that next week is Easter.
    Whenever I see a ship in a bottle I feel the urge of smashing the glass and freeing it! 😉
    Beautiful shot! 🙂

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    • the Easter lead up is indeed grey but the final outcome brings all the joy that seeing an old friend has – and how we will feel when liberated and allowed to mingle again 🙂
      I don’t think the sailor would appreciate your tendencies!

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  3. Funnily I’ve been creating (in post-editing) a b&w version of many of the shots I’ve been taking lately. I love b&w photography, but just converting a colour pic won’t do it, you have to know what you want to achieve. I’m not that accomplished (yet) but it’s interesting to see other people are also currently feeling the urge to do more b&w.

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    • I set my camera to B&W jpg & RAW so I get to see what it might look like in post camera editing of the RAW. Your images would do well in B&W though the colours and backgrounds you select are rather sumptuous

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