From my trip to Dungeness I had a number of different feelings towards the places we visited. Especially Dungeness beach which felt like an aftermath after a nuclear war, there was destroyed wood buildings, a lack of people around, beached boats and even a nuclear power plant located nearby.
I wanted to capture the location like it had been frozen in time as it really felt it had been left behind in time. I decided to experiment with Black and White photography for this trip. Black and White photography can convey many different meanings: it can represent realism and age of an image, especially with the historic process of developing black and white photographs. It is also thought that black and white photographs tend to be ‘truer’ to the subject their showing, this may be because things like photo editing and manipulation wasn’t possible back when black and white photographs were only a technical process and not consciously decided.
• Its timeless – by transporting us to a place that transcends the here and now, black and white pictures can convey more universal themes. They are, quite literally, able to speak across the generations.
• Its versatile – every type of photography, from portraits to landscapes to still lives, is suited to black and white. Furthermore, you can achieve stunning results in any conditions and environment – you don’t need to wait for the sun to come out!
• Its distraction free – busy, colour saturated pictures can confuse the eye—sometimes there’s simply too much going on. Black and white images on the other hand can seem refreshingly simple and it’s often easier to see and interpret the main focus of the picture.
• It can be subtle – dialing down the contrast a little on black and white images can result in beautifully subtle compositions in soft shades of grey. Experimenting with this in post-production can completely change the tone or the mood of a picture in a way that wouldn’t work for a colour image.