Tell us about what drives your work, How did you get started?
I am completely driven by where the light falls and where the darkness falls even further. I wanted to be able to translate that into the images I took.
What were the challenges for you at the beginning of your journey?
My biggest challenge, in the beginning, was matching up the vision I had in my mind to what was coming out of the camera. I wanted to know and understand how my camera worked and how it interpreted light.
How were you drawn to shooting solely monochrome?
Monochrome feels natural to me. I am drawn to the lack of distraction, its simplicity, and cryptic beauty.
What is your favorite thing about Black and White images?
Black and white images are stripped down to the core. If I am able to get to that, the core of an image, that is a win for me.
What are the tips you would share with anyone trying to achieve this technique?
I was determined to get a particular shot of my son. I had made several attempts and it still wasn’t quite what I was aiming for. My son looked at me and asked if I knew what the definition of insanity was – doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. He had noticed that my attempts were only repeats of each other. And yet I was expecting it to turn out differently. So, however, this is not my own advice but the advice I was given – try new things, new perspectives, new approaches and see what happens. Changing it up can never be a bad thing – it just might lead you to what you were aiming for. This allows the magic to unfold. It’s that magic that attracted me to photography. And it’s that magic that has kept me captivated.
ABOUT THE ARTIST :
Mandy B Pack lives on a farm in southern Alberta Canada where she captures images that move her. Photography has given her the ability to express how she sees what is around her and what is within her. She is drawn to the details and finds herself in awe of the relationship of light and dark.