Today I am grateful for Black & White & Gray. The extremes of black & white are never ending. There are black & white rooms, furniture, clothing, education, taste, visions and opinions.
Sometimes when I take pictures I play around with them and give them different tones. Sepia. Pink. Gray. Orange. It’s fun. My sister posted black & white photos yesterday on Facebook, which got me thinking about how many shades of gray there are in a simple black & white photo. This photo of the bridge over the Schuylkill River was plain and boring until I changed it to black & white, then it went POW!
As much as I like the starkness of black & white, for me, the varying shades of gray are where the story is. Just like in life. Extremes on either end. . . too much, too little. . .of just about anything are difficult and can be deadly. Too much, too little food; too much, too little government; too much, too little information; too much, too little technology; too much, too little education; too much, too little money; too much, too little opinion; too much, too little common sense.
The world seems out of balance these days with too much black & too much white. We seem to be living in an all or nothing type of society. But where is the gray? I feel strongly about many issues, but I also also try to switch it up, turn myself around and hear another opinion even if it angers me. When I notice another gray area and balance the pros and cons, maybe I’ll adjust my original opinion, maybe not, but I have to at least look at it.
I love black & white. It’s healthy and exciting to swing to extremes and I am grateful for that option. But for me. . .most of the time? I prefer to spend my days floating in the soft, comforting tones of gray.