January has been a grey month here in Bristol. Instead of fresh snow glistening in the sunlight we have had low grey cloud and drizzle. Apparently temperatures have been above average but there has been a decided lack of sunlight. This combined with the short winter northern European days meant my cosy living room. was more inviting than usual.
Grey can be an interesting colour. My blog is called the platinum line and the metal platinum is more valuable than the flashier gold or silver. Before my marriage I worked in a metallurgical laboratory and we used platinum electrodes. They could be easily cleaned in a Bunsen burner flame and we learnt to value the properties of this dull plain metal. When I was young I watched television in black and white and my first attempts at photography were made using monochrome film and a box brownie.
Terri Webster Shrandt a talented photographer and blogger runs a regular challenge called Sunday stills. For the last week of January she set the theme grey and it got me thinking about some of the beauty of old films and photos. Many of the black and white photographs from the great war have a stark and terrible beauty. The grainy images of barbed wire and mud and the faces of the doomed young men will be forever associated with that conflict.
Some of my photos
While I can not hope to match their skill and am glad that I do not have to record a similar tragedy here are some of my grey shots.
Top: The statue of William IV on horse back , Queens square Bristol. I like the monochrome of the statue against the different shades of the clouds.
This photo was supposed to look so different. We visited Clevedon a Victorian seaside resort at the mouth of the Severn estuary to photograph the last sunset of the decade. The suns rays should have been reflected in the marine lake in the foreground. Instead we had grey sky, grey sea and the Welsh coast in the background is hidden in sea mist.
Sometimes I think grey can help give a sense of history. This was a photo I took on a Halloween walk in an overgrown garden cemetery in Bristol. The grey seems to give the angel an otherworldly feel.
This photo does have a touch of colour. We visited Linz in Austria to help my daughter who was teaching English as a second language move some luggage. However this was not how I imagined the blue Danube to look.
All of these photos were taken using colour settings and none have been filtered. I enjoyed writing a post for this weeks challenge and I will be interested to see how other people attempt it.