Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

The poetry of black-and-white photography March 5, 2015

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THERE’S A CERTAIN TIMELESS beauty in black-and-white images.

Monochrome equals zero distractions.

Lack of color encourages study of light and shadows and patterns.

The absence of hues calms the spirit in a way that’s almost poetic, meditative, spiritual.

This rural scene was shot along Interstate 35 somewhere south of Lakeville, Minnesota.

This rural scene was shot along Interstate 35 somewhere south of Lakeville, Minnesota.

I’ve learned that not every image deserves color, especially in a landscape mostly devoid of color like that of a Minnesota winter.

In it’s unedited state, this photo was blown-out. I almost discarded it. But then I waved the magic wand of photo editing. The muses wrote shadows across the snow like lovely lines of lyrical poetry.

© Copyright 2015 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


16 Responses to “The poetry of black-and-white photography”

  1. Thread crazy Says:

    Beautiful serene scene; one can almost hear the crunching of snow under foot, walking to that barn, which is a warm invite from the cold.

  2. treadlemusic Says:

    One must consciously pause and really ‘look’……there’s so much to see there!!!

  3. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:


  4. hotlyspiced Says:

    I think I find black and white images a lot more interesting to look at. It’s interesting how when Spielberg decided to direct ‘Shindler’s List’, he decided to shoot the movie in black and white. I’m sure it was because every image we have ever seen of the Holocaust has only been available in black and white so for the audience watching the film, it was to make it seem more real! xx

  5. Very nice, Audrey. I like this.

  6. Jackie Says:

    Simple, yet beautiful!

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