Black and White photo challenge : Abstract

Normally when I’m out and about the camera has a mind of its own, and I follow along behind it taking the shots.  Not so with this challenge.  I took a couple of photos in the Algarve that I thought might “do”, but I was still looking for the right subject when I got back to England.

It had me crawling about on the conservatory floor, and rummaging in the bin, but don’t worry- I’ll spare you most of it.  This was the final selection.

B & W curtain

I rather liked this Algarve shot, but it was better in colour.

Tinfoil 2

The tinfoil was interesting, but not vastly different in colour or B & W.

B & W flowerhead in rain

This flowerhead in the rain was my standout favourite.

But even then I prefer it in colour, when it’s quite radiant.  I’ll show you it someday (I dare not incur the wrath of Sonel.  I’d hate to be banned!)  But what I did enjoy was the process, and trying to look at things “abstractly”.

For a much more professional introduction to the theme, visit Sonel’s Corner.  It’s always a delightful place to be, and she’s not really strict.  I’m only teasing!  You might even want to try your hand, but you need to hurry.  There’s a new theme due out soon.  I believe it’s Upward.



  1. Excellent job .. in B&W – you have a creative eye and mind. My pick is … the foil. I would love to see the “curtains” in the color version. Love the movement in the materials in that shot.

    1. It’s much better in colour (she says with a smug smile 🙂 ) It’s in my little ‘cheapie’ restaurant, O Xico. One of the things I’d like to do in that challenge is produce before and after shots, but I know Sonel wouldn’t approve. 🙂

  2. Jo, these B&W’s are stunning…. how ever which way you manipulated them. Doesn’t take away from the fact the end product is fantastic!

    1. I honestly and truly preferred it in golden colour, Lucy, but then I’m very much a colour girl. I occasionally do this challenge in support of Sonel because it’s a fairly new one and she is a superb photographer. Have you been to her site? She’s extremely good on the technical side and does tutorials etc. All I do is convert to B & W from colour. That’s about my limit 🙂

    1. Glad you recognise the work of genius, Gem (doubles over laughing!) 🙂
      Abstract is an interesting subject, which is why I took part, but normally all I do is look for the right candidate in my photos and convert it to B & W. No real skill and it feels almost like cheating.
      Have a go! You know you want to 🙂

    1. That’s our little cheap as chips local, Tink. We call it Fred’s because the owner always wears a flat cap (like Fred Dibnah). Most holidays find us there. 🙂

    1. Did we take you in Fred’s (O Xico)? I don’t think so. I took a few of his garden area and was quite taken with the light and pattern through the curtain. I was proud of the flowerhead, Cathy (but it’s still better in colour 🙂 ).

      1. No, you didn’t take me to Fred’s, Jo, at least I don’t think so. When I say the curtain in the Algarve “takes me back,” I just mean anything from the Algarve takes me back. 🙂 I like the flower head in b&w, but I’m like you in that I almost always prefer color. But it is fun to experiment from time to time. 🙂

    1. Suze, I like you more every day! Seriously, that’s a very kind thing to say, and yes it’s a clematis. It was the most beautiful golden shimmering colour. 🙂

  3. An interesting challenge! I like them all – but then, I haven’t seen them in colour. 🙂

  4. Great selection for the entry Jo and yes, be very, very unafraid. You know. 😆
    Thanks for taking part and for sharing. Much appreciated, 😀

  5. Your are getting pretty good at this aren’t you? 🙂 The flower head is lovely. I think the tin foil works well for the theme too 🙂

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