Public Utility

Recently i wanted to try doing black and white photography to see what type of mood can be represented by only a few shades. These are some of the shots i took and i went with the theme of industrial workings in a city.

Sometimes finding interest is about the everyday little things that surround you. This is a transmission tower that supplies power to my neighborhood. Some say it contributes to visual pollution; others say that it is a consequence of civil progress.

This is what all those power lines are for. Cities need electricity.

Places need industry. I thought this photo really contrasts the financial high rise buildings with the industrial cement towers really well.

Here are some more power lines that follow streets throughout almost every city. Not sure, just look up next time you walk down a busy inner-city street.

Posted on April 16, 2012, in Architecture, Black & White, Photography. Bookmark the permalink. 41 Comments.

  1. I really like the cement towers/ office blocks shot! Very nice.

  2. WOW! I am sure you know but you are a great photographer. I just got a rebel T3i and I have been reading all I can to figure out how to use it. So far most of my “good” shots have been by pushing buttons and changing the dial. In other words they are great accidents.

  3. Very nice b&w shots, I like the way you have processed these.

  4. Hey Pal Guy,
    Great Shots! Love the contrast of textures, color, and even mood. You know some scenes just seem cluttered in color, not much beauty to the eye. Thus, I would say, trying black and white is a great thing to do for those types of areas. Like the one you took of the cement buildings versus the highrise, that would almost be overwhelming in color! But in B/W, it’s got lots of subtle contrast and draws one in, without making one feel overwhelmed by all they are seeing. Thanks for sharing!

    • Wow thank you very much for your encouraging words. I definitely like B&W photography,especially for architecture. Thanks for dropping by by blog and for subscribing. i really appreciate it.

  5. Great subject for black and white. Nice work!

  6. Huge fan of black and white photos. Incredible job. The second is my favorite, the blurred out chain excites me. Great photos!

  7. Great B&W photos. Now I gotta give it a try as well. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚ Btw, did you originally took the shot in color & convert it on PP?

  8. Beautiful images. There is a strange beauty to industrial landscapes that b&w brings out really well. I’ll stick to the countryside though! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I love your photography, have had a look through your blog and have a soft spot for your B&W photos in particular. These shots are brilliant, simple but stunning. I look forward to seeing more! โ™ฅ

  10. Thanks for stopping by. I love black and white shots!

  11. Nice black and whites, a complete contrast to my countryside environment. Thanks for sharing.

  12. More great monochrome work. This only makes these everyday views more compelling.

  13. Love your photos and love Toronto. Am so happy to see all these beautiful images of one of my favorite places. Thank you!

  14. I love black and white pics. And these are great.

  15. Good shots – my family lived in Toronto years ago.

  16. I love your train of thought. Particularly like the first one: I would never walk past a power line and think, ‘that would make a great shot’. Keep up the good work!

  17. Hey, thanks for stopping by and leaving a ‘like’ on my Face in the Clouds photos. Appreciated. You have some awesome pictures here. Enjoyed seeing them.

  18. Wicked picture mate. Loved the framing. Worked very well in B&W. Also my video you like is now open for voting. If i win I’m getting a new tonika 11-16 lens for my 7d…. if not oh well i tried!

  19. They are so impressive, I loved them all. Thank you dear Pal, also Thank you for visiting my blog. I am glad to meet you and your beautiful blog. Have a nice day, with my love, nia

  20. You’ve inspired me. I am going to post some black and white photos I took soon. I am trying to figure out the wordpress thing and don’t want to drive anyone crazy with daily posts. ๐Ÿ˜›

    Oh and in college I took a photography course. I’ve forgotten everything but I once had an assignment where I had to take a picture of “beauty.” I snapped tons of pics but turned in a photo of a telephone pole and power lines. The professor asked me why I thought of this as beauty. I remember not giving a great explanation. I just said it just was beautiful. He replied “I was going to give you an A if you had a good explanation but since you don’t you get a B.” I was fine with a B!!!!

  21. Great shots, excellent composition. I think the black & white really adds character. Keep up the great work.

  22. You’ve got such a great eye for urban scenes; these black and ewhites are amaziong.
    Love the depth in the first one!

  23. Nice shots. I really like the first one.

  24. I love your black and white pics!!

  25. Those are gorgeous…I took several more that I plan to put up on a dif day…great shots

  26. I love the last shot in this series!

  27. i love shooting in black and white. I go days where I can’t do anything else. Very nice!

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