I’ve always been curious about shooting in black and white film. But (for a number of reasons) I was intimidated so I put it off until I got a roll of Ilford Delta 400 in a $5 “mystery box” from my local camera shop. It was the little push I needed and I knew the time had come for me to try it out.
Here are a few of my favourite pictures from the roll I shot in Edmonton.
Quietly, she laid down her belongings and sat by the water’s edge.
She was a curious figure, clad in all black except for the flashes of green coming from her scarf and from the pen she used to finish writing a letter she would never send.
When she woke up this morning, she had no idea she would be here, staring out into the lake but the day’s events compelled her to find the calm she so desperately sought.
So off to the water she went.
The ripples on the water’s surface always found a way to soothe her. The uniformity of it all was mesmerizing but she knew that, just like life, nothing was entirely as it seemed on the surface.
Fueled by energy from the wind, the ripples left their mark on the water’s surface. Each ripple blended carefully into the next but each one was unique in its beauty. A mix of jealousy and awe filled her soul.
She stayed for a bit thinking about everyone that passed her as she watched the water. Who were they? What force of energy brought them here? She thought about this until she could think no longer.
Slowly, she packed up her things, slipped the letter she was writing into her jacket pocket, and disappeared.
As she walked, her soft movements travelled through the air and across the water’s surface and, for a moment, sped up the flow of ripples on the lake.
As the year slowly comes to an end, I took a look back at the photos I took this year and came across this pairing. A warm cup of tea and a good book to read are two things that bring me joy and I’m grateful to have experienced both on this day!