New Mexico in Black & White

“To see in color is a delight for the eye, but to see in black and white is a delight for the soul”

Andri Hery

Many artists have been fascinated by, drawn to the light in New Mexico and many have, and continue to render that light in astonishing colors in paintings, weaving, photographs, bead work, mixed media. The earliest photographers could only create monochrome images, disappointing those who wanted accurate representations of their colorful world. The advent, in the 20th century, of color processes overcame that disappointment and now we take full color photographs for granted.

A different understanding of light and subject obtains when the objective – rather than technical limitation is representation via a range of monochromatic tones. Removing the distraction of color allows the image to be abstracted from pure representation: shapes and textures emerge, patterns are more visible, elements of light and composition relate to each other differently. Look here for a fuller discussion.

I think my best work is in black and white. I find the vast skies and dramatic landscapes of New Mexico, and, indeed, much of the west  alluring subjects for monochromatic images. Here are some of my favorites.