I've been exposed (sorry!) to black and white photography since my childhood. Some of my earliest memories are of going to my grandparents' house across town and watching my grandfather's black and white vacation slides on the big screen, and looking at his black and white photo albums. Earlier this year I even put together an entire Web site dedicated to the memory of my grandfather and his photography. If you haven't seen it yet, be sure to visit David Kaukonen dot com.
During junior high school I started getting into photography myself. One of the first pictures I took was this black and white shot of my sister Kristin doing her homework in the living room, as I have documented in My Photographic Journey.
Even after I had made the transition to color film, I still shot a lot of monochrome images when I was a yearbook staff photographer during my junior and senior years of high school.
In my adult years I have been captivated by the stunning black and white photography of masters like the ledgendary Ansel Adams
and Oregon's own official Photographer Laureate, Ray Atkeson.
Therefore, I decided to go through the hundreds of my best pictures from 2011 which I have included in the photo albums on this Web site, to see which ones would work in black and white. I found that some shots that looked wonderful in color didn't look so good in monochrome. On the other hand, some pictures that were just so-so suddenly looked better in black and white.
In the end, I found more than 150 pictures that I have gathered together in this Black and White 2011 photo album, in my feeble attempt to emulate the past masters of the art.
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