BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY

It always seemed to me that black and white images were from ages ago. Maybe that is because of my introduction to photography in an era of doing my own black and white film developing and printing in darkrooms.
That was 50 years ago! I don't photograph in black and white anymore. I just convert today's color images into black and white thanks to the digital age and the lack of my need to use a darkroom anymore. Black and white images bring up a different emotional response within me whether they are my own mages or those of the traditional and well respected masters we see in museums and galleries. They promoted a body of images that make it hard to believe that a society existed in color at that time.
The science of the eye is fascinating when we consider that the millions of rods on the surface of the retina perceive images in black and white and that the millions of cones on each of the rods send color information to the brain.
I have also learned over time that in an emergency (such as the need to avoid being hit by a car) and a need for fact action, the eye sends information to the brain in black and white without the need for color information in order to react faster.
Still, I find myself able and eager to post some of my images in black and white in order to support and promote the memory of the history of black and white photography.

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"Images in Black and White" Richmond, California July 2017
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"Images in Black and White" Richmond, California July 2017
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"Images in Black and White" Richmond, California July 2017
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"Gray Fashion" Berkeley, California September 2015
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"Gray Fashion" Oakland, California June 2015
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"Gray Fashion" Oakland, California September 2013
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"Gray Fashion" Berkeley, California September 2013
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"Kody Portraits" Berkeley, California September 2012
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"Kody Portraits" Berkeley, California September 2012
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"Kody Portraits" Berkeley, California September 2012
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"Kody Portraits" Berkeley, California September 2012
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"Kims hands" Oakland, California September 2012
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"Kims hands" Oakland, California September 2012
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"Contra Costa Street" Berkeley, California February 2012
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"Richmond Marina from biketrail" Richmond, California February 2012
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"Corner of pier" Richmond, California February 2012
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"Richmond marina poles" Richmond, California February 2012
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"Cut Rails" Richmond, California February 2012
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"Richmond tank stairs" Richmond, California February 2012
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"Richmond marina gate" Richmond, California February 2012
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"Tall building by the Bay Bridge" San Francisco, California February 2012
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"Boilerhouse Restaurant chimney" Richmond, California February 2012
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"Bay Bridge from the Oakland Ferry" San Francisco, California October 2011
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"Mothball Ships on Carquinez Straits" Carquinez, California October 2011
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"Makani" Berkeley, California September 2011
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"Mary Elise" Berkeley, California October 2011
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"Folsom Street Cop" San Francisco, California September 2011
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"Folsom Street Cowboy" San Francisco, California September 2011
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"Two Folsom Street Women" San Francisco, California September 2011
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"Woman at City Lights Bookstore" San Francisco, California September 2011
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"David and Christie" Berkeley, California May 2011
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"Jan" Berkeley, California March 2011
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"Jan" Berkeley, California March 2011
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"Wet leaves" January 2011
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"Ms. Motton" Oakland, California January 2011
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"Quita" January 2011
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"Candi" Oakland, California January 2011
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"Anonymous man with dreadlocks" January 2011
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"Carl and Forrest" Oakland, California January 2011
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"Quita in Hajib" January 2011
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"Candi in Hajib" Oakland, California January 2011
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"Brenda" Richmond, California January 2011
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"Brenda" Richmond, California January 2011
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"Bolinas, California Shoreline" June 2010
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"Lagunitas Reservoir" Marin County, California June 2010
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The Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco June 2010
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"The Cloisters Small Chapel, New York City" October 2010
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"Dakota Demersseman, Berkeley, California" October 2010
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"Port of Oakland from San Francisco" October 2010
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"Downtown Buildings of Singapore." February 2008
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"Foot of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge" October 2010
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"Mike Ruiz, San Francisco" October 2010
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"Wendy at home, New York City" October 2010
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"Gloria, Oakland, California" October 2010
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"Phyllis, David and Friend, New York City" October 2010
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"San Juan Avenue Sunset, Berkeley, California" November 2010
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"Chapel of The Chimes Wing, Oakland, California" November 2010
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"Downhill path at Rock Walk, Berkeley, California" November 2010
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"Crane from Hunter's Point Shipyard, San Francisco" November 2010
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"Onika Holbert, New York City" October 2010
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"Brian Holbert in Touareg Garb" October 2010
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"Ellis Island Tour Boat, New York City" October 2010
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"Statue of Liberty, New York City" October 2008
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"Dome at Westfield Shopping Center, San Francisco" October 2010
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"Civic Center Buildings, San Francisco" October 2008
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The The Greek Orthodox Church of Oakland, California June 2010
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The The Greek Orthodox Church of Oakland, California June 2010
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"72nd Street Doorway, New York City" October 2010
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"Louis Mendes, roaming New York City Photographer" October 2010
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New York church in lower Manhattan 2008
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Jeff Koons Sculpture at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC 2008
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Performer: Gene Rounds. 2008
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Lewis Watts in Harlem 2008
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Shrine to John Lennon. 2008
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John Lennon fan at the shrine site 2008
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