Telling Black and White Stories

Paula, from Lost in Translation, is hosting a Guest Challenge where Allan Hamilton shares key aspects to consider on how to tell a story through black and white photography. Allan has given superb tips,which you can find here.

Here is my response to this challenge.  I used a Olympus E-M10, lens 45mm 1.8. Editing with Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro 2.

I am also posting for Weekly Photo Challenge: Muse

What subjects keep me coming back in photography? People. Street photography.

I like to watch life happening through other’s eyes. People freely and spontaneously expressing themselves – unaware of my eyes following them – tell so many stories!

As I capture their moves, I weave the emotions I see, into new stories, stories that become my photos.

They are my muse.

Not a Happy Hour
Not a Happy Hour
Hit the Target
I see no angels

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Sharing sights & insights captured with diverse angles. Ex-corporate, now my own boss. Cycling, hiking, cooking, reading, yoga, writing and photography, are no longer only hobbies listed on my resume. It's what I do when I want.

68 thoughts on “Telling Black and White Stories

  1. The world is not black and white, but many shades of gray. These photos show the grim of the world, skeptic faces, concern. I have a question about the first photo (it is not relevant for my appreciation of the photo, but just my natural curiosity) – the big bird in the centre of the pic whose fee are seen, is that a seagull – by the size of it and the guessed location (Porto or surroundings) I guess it must be. Beijos para ti, Lucile. Estou agradecida por tua contribucao a que adoro.


    1. Disse tudo que é essencial, querida amiga.
      Yes, it’s a seagull and it’s Porto.
      It’s my weekly pleasure to enjoy the high quality challenges you offer as well as your photos, music and talented guests.
      Grande Abraço, Paula.


      1. and I think I had to correct my por and changed into pela 😀 My guests are great (most of them :D) and I am doing my best with my photos, but thank you for the praise – I know it is honest though exaggerated. Abraco.


          1. no, i did not correct it – just mentioned in my previous comment. I should have spent more time studying Portuguese instead of moving to modern Greek, but these days I feel badly for Greece for what they are going through and I study it for sympathy. I guess I am crazy.


  2. Once upon a time, there was a ” everything in black and white” phase for me too, but then, some colours are lively too. I feel, black and white makes the photos appear deep and impactful. Good work here 🙂


  3. Wow…these are all artistically beautiful images. I’m guessing you did not have them pose? So…even more of a feat! What is silver efex pro?


      1. Just to kill some time at the office I googled “debunking the myths of bingo the farmer’s dog” and I actually found a site where they debate if Bingo was the farmer or the dog.
        Here’s a few good quotes from that debate:
        ” Next you’ll be saying the Hokey Pokey _isn’t_ what it’s all about.”
        “I’ll be praying that BINGO will open your heart to true wisdom.”


  4. They’re all good, but I like the bottom one the best. The woman has an intriguing look about her. Like she’s seen something strange, or is looking for someone in a crowd.


  5. Each of these shots feels like a novel in itself, you have a real talent in spotting and capturing the moment and then spinning a wonderful narrative, great work as always, the first one in particular is captivating…


  6. Gorgeous photos, Lucile. I absolutely adore black and white photography…there is something so mysterious about a well-executed black and white photo and these are no exception. I especially love the bottom one…you’ve captured and brought to the surface so many emotions in this photo. It’s absolutely beautiful and haunting.


  7. Lucile, I completely agree with the reader who commented that your photos would make excellent writing prompts! The gentleman with the tattoos taking the photos…Hmm, what was he looking at? Where is he? Why is he there? Great!
    I also like the captions you’ve written here for each photo. They are just as meaningful and deep as your photos!


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