Photo Series in Black and White on the Landscapes of the United States
When we arrived in the United States to live there, we approached the country’s landscapes in color as we explained in this page. Since we enjoy photographing the tones of dawn or dusk, it seemed more interesting (at first) to freeze these ethereal and dreamy atmospheres in color.
But, paradoxically, we have always been inspired for compositions or framing by the great masters of photography like Ansel Adams, Robert Adams, Paul Strand, and Edward Weston. These great photographers are known for their black and white photographs. Thus, after only a few years of research and groping, we finally created black and white photographs that we believed were interesting.
In our approach to the landscapes of the United States in black and white, we chose the theme "shades of blacks and whites". Initially, the artistic approach was to highlight the structures, textures, shapes and gigantism of the landscapes in the American West. However, over time, we discovered how to showcase the green landscapes we photographed in southern Arizona or Tennessee. Today, the technique of black and white has become for us a means of transmitting our passion for the beauties of nature by approaching more simplified themes; directly approaching the heart of the scenes photographed.
This project in black and white, concerning the landscapes of the United States, is also a way for us to follow in the footsteps of the masters in photography. In doing so, we can better understand their motives and ideas for their many projects which have inspired others greatly. For example, we travel through all the great American national parks to photograph them, just like Ansel Adams, who made similar journeys to contribute to his great governmental project. This approach has allowed us to measure, understand, and adjust to Adams’ difficulties, such as moving with spare tires or various photographic chambers. This research in black and white has also allowed us to better understand the country of United States and its American people. Indeed, this technique requires a perfect mastery of lights that are not always at the rendezvous. The color is simpler because it can hide defects in the landscapes. This is impossible in black and white. Everything must be perfect when shooting. The slightest defect in the photo will be immediately noticed by the viewer. The technique of black and white does not allow any compromise.
By developing our techniques, we also discovered that black and white photography more easily transmits emotions to the viewer, emotions which cannot be transcribed in color. It is a technique that goes straight to the point. As professional photographers, we use black and white to “get back to the basics” of photography.
This photo project "Shades of black and white from the landscapes of the United States" has generated collections of photographs of landscapes.