It feels good to put a B&W image up on the blog today.
For the first 15 years of my Photographic ‘journey’ I was a B&W developer and printer, initially working in darkrooms in Cambridge and then London, and then in temporarily blacked-out bathrooms or shower rooms in our first two houses before having an under-stairs cupboard all to myself! For a time I experimented using two camera bodies: one to shoot Kodachromes, and the other loaded with B&W film. But I soon discovered that it really was quite difficult to view the world through two different sets of ‘eyes’ simultaneously – one tuned to look for images with bold lines and contrast that appealed to me as a B&W printer; and another ‘eye’ that saw the world in shades of colour: selecting images with an entirely different set of criteria. It would be interesting to know whether some of you reading this have experienced a similar difficulty.
Back to today’s image – there was very little colour in the original (and the colour that was there didn’t improve it). It demanded the simplicity of B&W. It was taken in the Swiss Alps in the early Summer of 2010 above Saas Fee – the principal village in the next valley Eastwards from the Zermatt valley. If you take a look at my first post ‘In the beginning’ then Saas Fee is the other side of the silhouetted peaks.
In 2010, late Spring snow was slow to melt and some of the high trails were still snow covered in July. You can’t see a trail, but the walkers are on a trail that crosses a substantial snowfield leading from the Felskinn top lift station to the Britannia Hut. It’s a straightforward 45min fairly level walk, and therefore popular because it doesn’t require much effort and the views from the Hut are well worth the walk. We were having a beer on the terrace at the lift station and watching walkers on the trail – some looked more at home on the snow than others! It took 25mins of watching and waiting to get this image through a long lens (450mm film equiv). But I think it was worth it.