Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

February 25, 2007

Seeing the World in Black & White

I love to shoot black & white, and when I travel, I always have 2 cameras - one loaded w/ colour film (or a digital camera) and one loaded with black & white film. I love to shoot interesting architecture (esp. churches and cathedrals), old buildings, attic windows, the play of light & shadow, and anything geometrically interesting, like fire escapes. I have 2 huge photo albums of just my b&w work, so choosing pics to post was kind of hard, but here's a taste of some stuff I've done over the years: The Hatch Shell, Charles River Esplanade, Boston, MA - 1985 (I was in college when I shot this)

An old building in Wiscasset, Maine - 1989

Fort Point, San Francisco, California - 1991

Looking straight up the TransAmerica Pyramid, San Francisco, California - 1992

Ferns, West Berkeley, California - 1996

Thea Foss Waterway Bridge, Tacoma, Washington - 2000

The Beach at Point-No-Point, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada - 2003

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada - 2004


  1. Anonymous9:06 PM


    god, JoJo, you are so talented w/these shots. my Europe pictures I took were atrocious. You outta compile a book or something.

  2. Anonymous9:07 PM

    julie again...

    your Fort Point picture ROCKS.

  3. You obviously have an artist's eye for the interesting subjects! Well done. I hope you frame and display your ab fab favs in your home. They are really terrific.

  4. When my son told me he was having his wedding pics in black and white I was a little worried but they came out fantastic. You have a real talent. I think it takes a discerning eye to see the beauty in b&w in this day and age.

  5. OOH! I love B&W. I'm the same way.

    Your pics are fabulous.

  6. JoJo, I agree I like your b&w's and angle shots. I am glad you are showing nice pictures of our province. I am afraid a lot of mine are negative so yours are refreshing. thanks again.

  7. Anonymous7:21 AM

    Impressive work Jojo - and of course, Mr D'Onofrio also looks fabulous in black 'n' white

  8. Thanks everyone!!! Your comments and praise mean a lot!! :D

  9. Wow Jojo!Those pictures are amazing!I always wanted to be a photographer like that but alas,I do not have an eye for it!

    You should check into getting them published,they would make a lovely coffee table book...for my coffee table.

  10. No wonder you like Don's blog, you two have a real interest in unusual photos in common. These are great. I particularly like the juxtaposition of the ferns and the bridge pylons.

  11. I've always liked b&w pictures,but your's are really something :-)

    Love all the unusual angles you used

    Eliza xxxxx

  12. wow! you're really talented! you should look into something, even try like a contest or something to start with. you do have an eye for the beautiful

  13. really beautiful pics, i like pic 2 & 3 the most.
    seems you like to shoot the same things that i like to shoot ;) but i never tried b&w so far, maybe that's something to work with when i'm in the us - so many new motives :)
    fabulous work, thanks for sharing!

  14. Anonymous9:04 AM

    I'll repeat, Jojo, book! and a nice black and white calendar.....I'd get one for me and one for Kathleen!

    Thanks for sharing these- I hadn't seen any of these before!

  15. Shaddap knew I spelled it with a "u" when we got married. :D