Academic journal article Social Alternatives

The Black and White of Reptiles

Academic journal article Social Alternatives

The Black and White of Reptiles

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Since the dawn of photography there was no colour, only black and white, and some of the most intense stories in history have been told using this practice. Today it is an attractive and challenging part of artistic image making in which one of the strengths of black and white photography forces the photographer to concentrate on composition. Black and white photography, devoid of colour, asks the viewer to ponder just a little longer to reveal detail that would not normally be noticed.

Darren Smith is a professional photographer based on the Sunshine Coast. Commenting on how he became interested in photography, he says he was unable to draw, paint or sculpt and thus was drawn to photography out of a need to express his creative artistic urges. This is evident in the following series showing exceptional compositional framing, graphic shapes, strong contrast and textures of reptiles expresses the power of creative monochromatic photography. Showing strong connections to their prehistoric relatives, reptiles today display stunning armoury, beautiful shape and form. …

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