This weekend I spent some time with my grandma looking through old pictures (i am making the memorial pamphlet for my grandfather's service this week - i also spent a lot of time working on that. no easy task summing up such a great man.). Looking through all the old black and white snapshots reminded me of what made me first really fall in love with photography - it was looking through (my other) grandparents photos when I was little. They had a bookshelf filled with photos in shoeboxes and I would sit on the floor for hours going through them, probably on a weekly basis. I was obsessed. I had no idea that this grandma also had such a treasure trove of photos. I have seen a few old photographs here and there, but nothing like the hundreds we sifted through this weekend of their own childhood pictures, of them from their "courtship" days, through all their kids and their milestones. It was really fun; and just look at how gorgeous my grandma was. I kept telling her this and she kept saying "well I never thought I was very pretty" and I would say "are you kidding me?! you have to be kidding me! look at you!"
After that I came home and decided to focus on taking some black and whites myself - which I used to do exclusively. It seems when you take a photo intentionally through the lens of black and white (figuratively of course) your eye sees things differently. You capture images in a way that is different than when you are looking for color. You look for contrasts, shadows, patterns and textures. And the black and white image relays a completely different feel. So I did a little of that with my "real" camera and my iphone too.
Sunday I woke up to a perfectly lovely warm fall wind storm and we took a little walk, then rain came down cold - which was fine with me because my Sunday evening agenda simply included lots of television: the emmy's (i don't think i saw one single dress that i really liked), breaking bad (what is going to happen to everyone?!) and the last episode of dexter (which i didn't actually get around to watching last night but that's why i have dvr.).
How was your weekend? Can you believe we are heading towards October already?! I realized this when I went to the grocery store yesterday and saw an overflowing pile of these.