Christmas Bells in Monochrome and a Bit Extra


Over on my other blog it is Monochrome Madness MM 2-35 and for the month of December it is all about Christmas with a different theme each week.  This week it was bells.

I wasn’t sure what to do and while I don’t think they had to be Christmas Bells I did have an image I took a couple of years ago of lights in the shape of bells and thought that it might be appropriate for this one.


While it is not a great image, night time photos like this can be hard, there is something honest about it I think. The idea that Christmas is happening, but people are still carrying on. I think it is also very Australian, in that it is summer here when Christmas happens and that means that people are still eating outdoors, walking around because it is warm.

When processing it I realized I wasn’t going to be able to do a lot to it, but thought I could show a little red on top of the bells. It isn’t strong, just a touch of colour.

I didn’t know what to do with that image, but I have working on some others a lot more.


This is an image that I got yesterday when I was teaching a student in the city. We went down some lanes because she wanted to photograph some graffiti. When I looked at this image on my computer I realized that there was a different light at the end of the lane. It seemed like an obvious thing to play with and see where it would lead me.

Lanes can be mysterious and dangerous places, especially at night. We are told that terrible things happen in them and I wanted to try to see if I could emphasis that fear in some way. The lighting was key and making the most of it. Your imagination should tell you the story. How you react to it will be the emotion that goes with that story. I hope you have a story that goes with it.

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