It’s been entirely too long since I updated my website. I’m finally getting around to doing just that and I kicked off the updates with an all new gallery of black and white images including a few never-before-seen photos.
I’ve long been a fan of monochrome imagery. Like many nature photographers, I was influenced early in my career by the black and white work of the master himself – Ansel Adams. As I progressed through my career I discovered other photographers whose work in shades of gray heavily influenced by own ambitions in black and white photography. William Neill, Edward Weston, Herb Ritts, Robert Mapplethorpe, Robert Doisneau and Elliot Porter continue to inspire and motivate me.
However blasphemous it may be I’ve not exposed a single roll of black and white film. I’ve never developed my own film. I’ve never made analog contact prints. Every black and white image in my portfolio began life as a color digital file that was converted to monochrome in post-processing using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. Yes, every single image. Purists will snicker, and I’m okay with that.
The digital darkroom has allowed me to create art that I likely never would have created using film and filters. For that I am eternally thankful. Nik Silver Efex Pro 2, in combination with Nik Viveza 2 and Color Efex Pro 3, are the tools I use to transform color images into impactful black and white photography. Nik plug-ins allow me to be an artist, not a computer engineer.
I hope you enjoy this collection of my finest black and white imagery.
Finding yourself inspired to get started in digital black and white photography? Use coupon code BEDGE at the Nik Online Store to save 15% on your purchase of Nik Software. Check out these tutorials on my blog to start you on the right path to monochrome nirvana: