Day 2 of 5: It’s anyone’s story

In this black and white photograph, strong leading lines move the eye through this olde tyme porch where an old wood bench sat steady for a lifetime of stories, friendship and support.
It’s anyone’s story — 14mm | f/8 | IS) 100 | EXP 1/30

Wow that really tells a story. I don’t know what story, but yeah.

Some friends and I made our way to Batsto Village this afternoon. Founded in the late 1700s, this preserved iron town is one of the pearls of Wharton State Forest. We, and about four dozen other photographers, made the best of the rich afternoon light, and I made the best of one of my favorite porches on the site. A simple wooden porch that creaks off the page of a Mark Twain novel. I spent a good ten minutes photographing this bench, the floor and the angles, trying to get the movement and shadows just so. All the while this composition hung in the back of my mind as one of my black and white possibilities for day two of the challenge.

As soon as I applied a low key black and white look with a dose of grain I knew this was a winner. Almost immediately my buddy Jon looked over and uttered the words above. While utterly simplistic and overtly amorphous—almost Yogi Berra like—it actually hits the mark. This photo tells its own story, and certainly one far better than I’ll ever tell. Enjoy.

Aside: two days in and I am really enjoying the 5 day black and white challenge.

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6 responses to “Day 2 of 5: It’s anyone’s story”

  1. Greg Molyneux Avatar
    Greg Molyneux

    Thanks, Ben. I hope it went well at Batsto today.

  2. […] to the five day black and white challenge I recently finished up, this building has one hell of a porch. I didn’t get any color shots of it here, however, and in the shots below we’re left […]

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