Brian’s “Black and White challenge”—Part II

Tracking the Light presents: Palmer, Massachusetts February 24, 1988.

In keeping with the spirit of Otto Vondrak’s Facebook challenge, I’ve dug into my scanned black & white negative file and found this old black & white photograph from the days or yore.

A Conrail crew welds the Palmer, Massachusetts diamond on February 24, 1988. A Central Vermont freight waits in the distance. Photo by Brian Solomon ©1988.
A Conrail crew welds the Palmer, Massachusetts diamond on February 24, 1988. A Central Vermont freight waits in the distance. Photo by Brian Solomon ©1988.

I exposed this using my father’s Rolleiflex Model T that was fitted with a ‘super slide’ 645 insert. I processed the film in Kodak D76 at the Rochester Institute of technology. Back in 1988, I made prints from the negative back, but the full-frame image presented here is from a scan of the negative made in more recent times.

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2 comments on “Brian’s “Black and White challenge”—Part II

  1. Tom Warger on said:

    Yes, I think you’ve made an excellent choice and illustration here. The “information” in this photograph is phenomenal, and probably gets lost in a color photograph.

    For me the virtue in b/w today is the opportunity to highlight detail, texture, and shapes without the distractions of color. Color tends to force its way to the front of our attention in photos, at the expense of other kinds of information.

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