Seeing the World in Black and White
 
Gardens perhaps aren't the most exciting thing in the world to photograph, but I do enjoy wandering around and snapping pictures whenever I get a chance to do so. Fresh air, walking,  pretty plants and flowers, what's not to like?  It can be difficult to get a shot that no one else has though, so sometimes I love to play around with monochrome, to see how much it changes even the most mundane object or scene into a transformation of light and shadow. This works particularly well on bright sunny days when harsh lighting tends to wash out colours, and high-key lights and darks contrast brilliantly when converted into black and white. I've always been a fan of this type of photography, and this year I hope to do a lot more of it. Here's a collage of a few photos taken over the weekend at a local public garden.