Lesotho: Black and White Film Images.

Photographic Essay on The Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2005.

With the loss of color, light and composition take on an even greater importance in my mind. I can distinctly remember my first black and white photo projects, searching the composition for a complete graduation of light, the “pure” black somewhere deep in the shadows, the “highlights” on a blade of grass or the chrome of a fender and everything else falls in between. I was asked recently if i still shot in black and white, and why? Different medium, different message. I often look forward to washing away the colors in my mind and searching the lines and shades of a subject, in order to try and bring them together to produce a striking image; given the right subject the black and white medium becomes powerful.

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