Skull Hovering Over River in Florence – Black and White

Skull hovering over the Arno river in Florence, Italy. Surreal black and white art photo by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Interloping, Florence II. I did three images with this title format, a color version of this, plus Interloping, Vietnam. Nothing too profound about the title, I just like the narrative overtone the word interloping adds.

Here’s the funny thing about black and white imagery. Intuitively you’d think you’d just take a successful image and drain the color. There you go, a great variation of the original, job done.

If that was the case, I’d probably have a black and white version of all my work because I love black and white. It’s rarely the case, however. Often what happens is that simply pulling out the color results in a flat-looking mess. For black and white to work, there needs to be the right amount of contrast.

But contrast alone isn’t enough. Beyond that, there’s a certain X-factor I can’t articulate. Suffice it to say there are a lot of aspects to aesthetics, some of which are quite ethereal. In the end you have to go with your gut and what looks right.

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