Surreal Abstract Skull Collage on Rectangle – Black and White

Skull collage on rectangle. Surreal abstract art photo in black and white by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Gray Terrain, being the black and white version of Terrain.

At first I thought the collage part of this black and white would have to be a uniform shade instead of the kind of mottled scheme you see here. That proved to look flat though. It ended up being almost a straight desaturation, with those shades of gray corresponding to the colors of the original.

I’m still unable to predict how much work will be required for a black and white conversion. The differentiation color provides has a big effect, and often straight desaturation of the original just yields a muddy mess. That’s because very different colors can look the same when desaturated, because they’re a similar tone (or brightness).

No doubt it’s the power of suggestion, but sometimes black and white has the curious effect of implying color. For this image I almost still see blue, red, and yellow in the middle.

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Archival-quality prints of this piece are available. Options include framed and unframed fine art paper and canvases.

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