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Black and white

I’ve been spending time this week reading about current events, and experimenting with black and white photo effects.

Yellow rose with raindrops.
This year June has been a month of roses and raindrops.

One trick I learned a few years ago was to look at a photo in black and white, it brings aspects of composition into focus that one misses in color. Sometimes something that seems almost incidental in a color photo will really jump out at you.

Rose and raindrops in black and white, using silver effects from the Nik collection.
Black and white of the yellow rose brings out the textures of the raindrops.

This is a time to listen, with our ears, and our hearts and minds. To put aside our opinions and really try to imagine walking in the shoes of others. It recurred to me that looking at things from a perspective of black and white may be a metaphor: it’s time to look at things in a totally new way.

A black and white of the rose with the colors inverted.
With black and white inverted the shape of the rose jumps out.

As a conventional sort of person, the current events of the corona virus and the brutality of police toward citizens are really challenging me. But reading and listening, and trying to do so from other points of view to understand seem to be a necessary first step…Definitely before espousing opinions.

For Cee’s Flower of the Day.

Bring me a rose in the winter time…

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Bring me a rose in the wintertime
When it’s hard to find
Bring me a rose in the wintertime
I’ve got roses on my mind
A rose is sweet
Most any time, and yet
Bring me a rose in the wintertime
It’s so easy to forget

Bring me a friend when I’m far from home
When it’s hard to find
Bring me a friend when I’m far from home
I’ve got friendship on my mind
A friend is sweet … It’s so easy to forget

Bring me a smile when I’m all alone
When it’s hard to find
Bring me a smile when I’m all alone
I’ve got smiles on my mind
A smile is sweet … It’s so easy to forget

Bring me a kiss when my child is grown
When it’s hard to find
Bring me a kiss when my child is grown
I’ve got kisses on my mind
A kiss is sweet … It’s so easy to forget

Bring me love in my autumn years
When it’s hard to find.
Bring me love in my autumn years
I’ve got loving on my mind.
Love is sweet … It’s so easy to forget

Bring me peace when there’s talk of war
When it’s hard to find
Bring me peace when there’s talk of war
Peace is on my mind
Peace is sweet … It’s so easy to forget

by Ernie Sheldon

Cee’s Flower of the Day