Black & White Sunday: How to tell a story through B&W photography (response to guest challenge)

Taking part in challenges means stepping out of one’s comfort zone and trying something new. I have not thought about taking photos of people before being challenged by my guest photo challengers. Today I am trying to respond to Allan’s challenge: How to tell a story through B&W photography.


zagrljeni lisboa-1_potpis

Living off love



Living off coffee


zena u crnom_belem-1_potpis

Living off tourists


Please join us with your stories in photos and leave links and pingbacks to your posts. Happy Sunday!





Don’t forget to click on the links bellow to see the entries to this challenge:

Taking a Break in the Born

What’s the story?

Swimming is so much fun!

After the wedding

Mother and child

I see no angels

Double exposure plus some street photography

Wherein the Beautiful GBH Sticks Her Landing

Auckland Streets



A story in B&W

The Seeker of Photos


65 thoughts on “Black & White Sunday: How to tell a story through B&W photography (response to guest challenge)

    • Paula is doing beautifully as a virtual newcomer to street photography.

      It can be nerve-racking to get withing 20 feet of complete strangers, aim a camera at them and start shooting. With the passion for it; however, and the willingness to take the risk one can create something beautiful and culturally important for their community.


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  2. Paula — brilliant! If this is what stepping out of comfort zone can produce, you should really do it more often πŸ™‚ These images are worth all the effort. I love them all, but it is the first two that really stand out for me. In both the images, the subjects are at complete ease despite your presence as a photographer. It’s almost as though you weren’t there. And by making yourself ‘invisible’ you’ve allowed the viewer to establish a direct connect with the subjects. It is the viewer who is looking at them, interacting with them, not the photographer.
    I also love how you have composed these shots, especially the first one in which every single element is contributing to the image.

    PS: Sunday was well worth the wait! πŸ™‚

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  3. He’s pretty amazing, Allan, isn’t he, and you’ve made a great response, Paula! I like all three and your captions are excellent too. You have a wicked sense of humour πŸ™‚ Fascinating musical backdrop too. You scored well on this challenge! Have a happy Sunday πŸ™‚ Hope you are relaxing.

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  7. Love these shots! I’m currently more obsessed than usual with B&W photography, as some of my recent photography posts on my blog probably show.
    It’s just so brilliant at capturing atmosphere, character, and highlighting details that colour photography can miss.


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  9. Paula, I like all three of your photos. I guess one day I’ll have to muster the courage… But people are even paranoid about me photographing house fronts… Well, as for your pictures, I would not mind seeing more of the kind! Thanks for sharing.


    • πŸ™‚ Your appreciation means a lot to me. I may try it again sometime. I find it easier to do in a foreign place – like here in Lisbon, in a town bigger than my own. Locals at my home town would beat a c. out of me :D.

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  13. Hi Paula – the people photos are something very different from you, and they are very dynamic – plus your titles add a lot. Living off coffee, especially.

    The photo for my submission is a follow-up to my last monochrome entry – in that post, I alluded to the heron bursting into flight, and here she is mid- flight: Best, Babsje


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  15. Great captures, Paula. I’ve only fairly recently stepped into this realm and there are an inordinate number of shots of the backs of people πŸ™‚ but I’m loving it. I love the story telling ability of street photography and black and white is a great medium for it.


  16. Lovely portraits, Paula and I like your theme of “working” that ties them together. It’s a little past Sunday but I wanted to get in on this one and have included a photo from April that I’ve been wanting to try in B&W and a photo that I took yesterday just for this challenge. Thanks for pushing me to look for something new. πŸ™‚


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  18. i have difficulty with street photography as I feel shy/guilty of taking them. Maybe this is just the challenge I need to overcome it. Thank you!


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  21. Outstanding photographs. That second shot is one of the ultimate bests I’ve seen! You should do something with it. A showing. Frame it. Enter it in a contest. Something. It’s really, really, really, really good!


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