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Dear Black & Whiteologists,

As a sheepy I of course come in two colours...Black & White !...Being black and white is all I think about. Not colour !.....and being either black or white helps me make more impact !

The same can be said for photos,

Take a look at this photo of some idiot holding a spoon taken with an el crapo mobile phone (US translation service: Mobile phone = Cell Phone...sheesh !)






Now, turn it black and white...




............and all of a sudden the the photo becomes a bold statement of contemporary art, A stark cold insight into the oblique abandonment of a world in chaos. An allegorical contrast that highlights the biomorphic collage of negative space in a one-point linear perspective hue.

So, why does a Black and White Photo offer more impact than a colour one ?


whajafink ?



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« Reply #1 on: 31/07/2011 21:47:05 »
Dear Sir,

For your edification, please find enclosed a photo of a black and white gear from the early fifties alongside and a highly colourful gear that I just made.


 

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« Reply #2 on: 01/08/2011 00:45:36 »
You associate monochrome photography with art, other image formats have other associations ...


     

     

     
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« Reply #3 on: 01/08/2011 07:58:23 »
My personal feeling on this, is the contrast. Monochrome pictures have a greater contrast impact than colour (US = color) pictures.

As a monochrome sheepy, what nursery rhyme were you taught in place of 'Bah Bah Black Sheep'? Might it have been 'Parsley, Mint, Rosemary & Gravy'?
 

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« Reply #4 on: 01/08/2011 09:50:27 »
RD - which programme has the colour cartoon filter - tis very neat
 

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« Reply #5 on: 01/08/2011 10:36:28 »
Dear Sir,

For your edification, please find enclosed a photo of a black and white gear from the early fifties alongside and a highly colourful gear that I just made.



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« Reply #6 on: 01/08/2011 10:37:56 »
You associate monochrome photography with art, other image formats have other associations ...


     

     

     


Fantastic RD !...that's kwality !...it's GIMP yes ?...three works of art from one photo !!  :o
 

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« Reply #7 on: 01/08/2011 11:00:48 »
My personal feeling on this, is the contrast. Monochrome pictures have a greater contrast impact than colour (US = color) pictures.

As a monochrome sheepy, what nursery rhyme were you taught in place of 'Bah Bah Black Sheep'? Might it have been 'Parsley, Mint, Rosemary & Gravy'?

I agree Don !.....I wonder why Monochrome Contrast has more impact !...is it because we live in a colour world perhaps ?..what's the science behind the emotional impact ?

I'd show ewe my leg but I fear ewe may eat it !  :D
 

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« Reply #8 on: 01/08/2011 12:56:43 »
SOUNDS GOOD! I'm starving!!!..lol....

I love the "cartoonalized", or animated picture...very cool!

Hey I made up a word because animated is not the right word either....

AH HA...ILLUSTRATED...only in cartoon style.

Neily whats the proper word for what a cartoonist does? I can't recall?
 

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« Reply #9 on: 01/08/2011 18:34:20 »
SOUNDS GOOD! I'm starving!!!..lol....

I love the "cartoonalized", or animated picture...very cool!

Hey I made up a word because animated is not the right word either....

AH HA...ILLUSTRATED...only in cartoon style.

Neily whats the proper word for what a cartoonist does? I can't recall?

Well Kareny Mam,

I believe the technical terminology  is to 'cartoonify' !....The act of doing so is ' cartoonifying '......Once completed ..it has been ' cartoonified '



Wasn't it that frenchy philospher chap who said:

"Cogito ergo Cartoon": English: "I cartoon, therefore I exist") it's a philosophical Latin statement proposed by René Descartes !!
 

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« Reply #10 on: 02/08/2011 01:45:41 »
or caricature ...

« Last Edit: 02/08/2011 02:07:30 by RD »
 

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« Reply #11 on: 02/08/2011 10:32:12 »
So, why does a Black and White Photo offer more impact than a colour one ?
In my opinion:
1. Because it leaves more space to our imagination
2. because it reminds us of old --> ancient --> mysterious things.

I remember some old BW science fiction movies which, objectively, have litte "content" but that really impressed me when I was a boy, in the 80' (colour movies already existed ;D) because of the feelings they conveyed to me.
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« Reply #12 on: 02/08/2011 10:38:03 »
I remember some old BW science fiction movies which, objectively, have litte "content" but that really impressed me when I was a boy, in the 80' (colour movies already existed ;D) because of the feelings they conveyed to me.

Something like this?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_noir
 

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« Reply #13 on: 02/08/2011 10:47:23 »
Monochrome images can be much higher contrast than a typical colour image : the eye is drawn to high contrast.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippe_Halsman

[ The RSPCA wouldn't let you get away with that today ].


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« Reply #14 on: 02/08/2011 12:56:43 »
I remember some old BW science fiction movies which, objectively, have litte "content" but that really impressed me when I was a boy, in the 80' (colour movies already existed ;D) because of the feelings they conveyed to me.

Something like this?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_noir
No, like this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Quatermass_Xperiment
 

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« Reply #15 on: 04/08/2011 00:07:42 »
I don't think ("28") buckets of water were involved in the Dali-Halsman picture ...

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