Di Riddell - Your Voice Matters

Di Riddell

Your Voice Matters - Confidence Beyond 50

Who Remembers black and white photos and TV?

I do… both of them. Having a little trip down memory lane – do come with me.

Remember when black and white photographs and early TV were considered the best?

Remember when colour photos and colour TV were introduced? How excited we all were?

Remember how black and white photos and black and white TV were considered old hat?

Those black and whites were considered the highest art form. Having your photo taken was a big deal. It was very serious business and that is reflected in the faces of my ancestors and probably yours. My grandmother was very serious in her wedding photo in 1908.

 

serious, mature, black&white

 

The other option in those days was sepia, not something you see very often today. It has a whole different look to it, a real old world look, yet this was 1953.

 

not black, different artfom

 

Then the black and white TV came along – WOW! I remember standing outside a shop window in my home town when TV first came to town. It was mainly snow but we were fascinated and just stood there watching. Marvelling at the technology (it probably wasn’t called that in those days). After just having a radio to listen to this was super wonderful!

I remember my sister’s engagement photo from 1955, the photos were touched up by hand.

 

hand done, hand painted photography

 

Many from before that time look overdone and amateurish. Then it was the THING, the REAL THING.

Photography and enhancing are a part of life today and I admit that I love it.

However, the power and clarity of a black and white photo is a joy to behold.

What goes around, comes around. That power and clarity of a black and white photo today is revered. There is a sharpness and strength to the image. The starkness and absence of colour grab your attention.

Can I say that about the movies? Probably not as early black and white movies lack clarity, they did not have everything that we have at our disposal today with which to work.

What got me going today was experimenting with the features on my webcam and changing and coloured photo into a black and white one. The black and white almost look 3D.

 

power of black and white, sharp and clear

 

Then I got thinking we had some professional photos taken a couple of years ago and we got 2 black and white shots, the remainder were coloured.

 

Power of black and white

 

And I do love the colour.

 

Colour, depth and clarity

 

 

 

The moral of today is don’t think that ‘old’ is necessarily ‘useless’. When we go back in time we often find a gem that makes us realise what goes around comes around.