Black and White Spring

A 2019 Project

“I’ve been forty years discovering that the queen of all colors is black.” – Henri Mattise


When you strip away the color, you are left with the soul of the image.  Shapes, textures, and lines bring out the personality of the subject.  We see the inner workings of life.  We see things that we did not see before.  We listen more with our eyes.

  • Betoken

    first blooms announce the end of winter rejoice the upcoming warmth Canon EOS M; Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L; Hoya Intensifier Filter; RAW Image Post Aperture 3.6 & Affinity Photo 1.6.7 2019-03-19-EOS-9882.jpg - Crocus (1/92 Spring)

  • Narcissus

    without color essence emerges lines, textures, shapes, curves the core imperfect and incomplete reveals personality heart and spirit depth Canon EOS M; Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro; RAW Image Post Aperture 3.6 & Affinity Photo 1.6.7 2019-03-23-EOS-9977 (4/92 Spring 2019)

  • Morning Dandelion

    closes at night opens for the breaking sun plant spirit and soul Handheld Canon EOS M; Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro; RAW Image Post Aperture 3.6 & Affinity Photo 1.6.7 2019-03-25-EOS-9982 (5/92 Spring 2019)

  • Impermanent Study #9

    suspended--dreamlike past its bloom--past its prime transient imperfect generational beauty Canon EOS M; Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro; RAW Image Post Aperture 3.6 & Affinity Photo 1.6.7 2019-03-25-EOS-9999_10 (6/92 Spring 2019)

  • Awakenings

    yesterday was cold spring opens a door awakenings Canon PowerShot G10; RAW Image Post Aperture 3.6 & Affinity Photo 1.6.7 2019-03-26-G10-IMG_0332 (7/92 Spring 2019)

  • Impermanent Study #10

    green fruit of the crepe myrtle dry and split into stars they release winged seeds for another generation an acorn Canon EOS M; Canon EF 100mm f/2..8L Macro; RAW Image Post Aperture 3.6 & Affinity Photo 1.6.7 2019-03-29-EOS-10110 (10/92 Spring 2019

  • Impermanent Study #11

    what begins impermanent old supports the new Canon 5D Mark II; Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro; RAW Image Post Aperture 3.6 & Affinity Photo 1.6.7 2019-04-02-EOS-10229 (Spring 2019)

  • Dogwood

    spring bloom short-lived symbolic by culture place timing of easter Canon 5D Mark II; Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L; RAW Image Post Aperture 3.6 & Affinity Photo 1.6.7 2019-04-02-EOS-10670 (27/92 Spring 2019)

  • Azalea

    inverted stamens dance feeling for the sun threads for another day Canon EOS M; Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro; RAW Image Post Affinity Photo 1.6.7 2019-04-20-EOS-10949 (33/92 Spring 2019)

  • Clematis

    bloom of the climbing vine ornamental Canon EOS M; Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro; RAW Image Post Affinity Photo 1.6.7 & Aperture 3.6 - ±1 Exposure Focus Merge 2019-04-20-EOS-10949 (37/92 Spring 2019)

  • Cosmos

    reaching dancing in the wind without a care color or no color encouragement Canon EOS M; Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L; RAW Image Post Affinity Photo 1.6.7 & Aperture 3.6 2019-04-26-EOS-11396 (38/92 Spring 2019)

  • Strawberry

    quiet forgotten through snow ice frost endures winter emerges triumphant returns spring Canon EOS M; Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro; RAW Image Post Affinity Photo 1.6.7 & Aperture 3.6 2019-04-20-EOS-11464 (39/92 Spring 2019)

  • Columbine

    complex blooms - buds - stems stages of maturity from one to another eye wandering reflection contemplation Canon EOS M; Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro; RAW Image Post Aperture 3.6 - Five Layer Focus Merge Affinity Photo 1.6.7 2019-04-20-EOS-11865 - FM (44/92 Spring 2019)

  • Daisy

    dreamlike corolla - petal splash springing towards the days of summer “Content is a glimpse of something, an encounter like a flash. It's very tiny — very tiny, content.” —Willem de Kooning Canon EOS M; Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro; Hoya Intensifier Filter; RAW Image Post: Affinity Photo 1.6.7 2019-05-24-EOS-12594.jpg (65/92 Spring 2019)

  • Clematis

    wisps follow the bloom the next generation remains for the wind impermanence but renewal “My sun sets to rise again.” — Robert Browning Canon EOS M; Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro; Hoya Intensifier Filter; RAW Image Post: Affinity Photo 1.6.7 2019-05-25-EOS-12638.jpg (66/92 Spring 2019)

  • Butteryfly Weed

    butterflies bees & hummingbirds gather tiny nectar stops perpetual rhythm “The best thing about animals is that they don't talk much.” — Thornton Wilder Canon EOS M; Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro; Hoya Intensifier Filter; RAW Image Post: Affinity Photo 1.6.7 2019-05-26-EOS-12725 (67/92 Spring 2019)

  • Marigold

    inverted by night the reverse is truer freeing the imagination “I never saw a discontented tree.” — John Muir Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM; RAW Image Post: Affinity Photo 1.6.7 -- begins with an inverted low light night shot. 2019-05-28-EOS-12845 (69/92 Spring 2019)

  • Daisy

    inverted by night the reverse is truer freeing the imagination “I never saw a discontented tree.” — John Muir Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM; RAW Image Post: Affinity Photo 1.6.7 -- begins with an inverted low light night shot. 2019-05-28-EOS-12845 (69/92 Spring 2019)

  • Delphinium

    lines and patterns no color personality essence of being “Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake?” — Leonardo da Vinci Canon EOS M; Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro; Hoya Intensifier Filter; RAW Image Post: Affinity Photo 1.6.7 - ±1 Focus Merge/Inverted 2019-06-01-EOS-12877 - FM (72/92 Spring 2019)

  • Dahlia

    color and strength are gone transition to another phase renewal and continuation the process of nature “But when does something's destiny finally come to fruition? Is the plant complete when it flowers? When it goes to seed? When the seeds sprout? When everything turns into compost?” ― Leonard Koren Canon EOS M; Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro; RAW Image Post: Affinity Photo 1.6.7 019-06-03-EOS-12999 (75/92 Spring 2019)