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Behind Lens - Choosing black and white

A few area photographers exhibit some of their favorite black-and-white images.

I was trapped in Yankton, SD during a blizzard in 2008. I saw this deserted schoolhouse while driving in the countryside with a friend. Taken 12/26/2008 between Yankton and Scotland SD. Everything about this photo needed a B/W treatment. Between the blizzard and the barren schoolhouse stripped of paint, the scene was utterly devoid of any color or warmth. With B/W, it forces the eye to search for small details to help give some visual clues to what you are seeing in this world made unfamiliar by time and the weather. The trees in the distance reveal how far away the viewer is from the distant road. The interior paints the bleakness of an interior once filled with light and students, but now only contains desolation.


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