There is something about taking black and white photographs..
I can’t quite explain it. I feel, they somehow have this unique ability to trigger a certain atmosphere/feeling in me. The kind of atmosphere that, for some reason, cannot be reached via color photography.
In a way, every time I look at photos dressed strictly in black and white, it makes me think of rich and (ironically) colorful stories behind these images.
A little dose of monochrome action that I have here to share, comes, once again, from the picturesque Sweden where I spent almost quarter of my 2015. Specifically, it comes from a little island located in the Stockholm archipelago, known as Sandhamn.
Sandhamn, which in translation to English means Sand Harbor, is a small settlement bursting in what to me is a true Scandinavian classic, architecturally speaking. Traditional wooden cottages painted in falu red, with gable roofs and pretty white-framed window are scattered throughout, indeed, a very tiny island.
My trip to Sandhamn took place during the last days of August, which allowed me to sense a true chilled life of an islander. Since the holiday season for the Swedes had already ended some weeks prior to my visit, by that time I was there, many had already left this popular touristy retreat and as the warm summer sunshine was giving its farewell as well, many other travelers were gone too. For that reason, I found this Swedish oasis in a state of complete quietness and tranquility. The area was occupied only by a very minimal amount of people (a few leftover visitors and some permanent inhabitant whose totally number circulates around hundred) and handful of shops that had their doors opened to the potential customers.
So here, dear friends, is the essence of Sandhamn from my b&w paparazzi perspective that came to life as a result after everyone else had packed their suitcases and headed back home. Which basically meant: a trip of extremely low human distraction of scenery.
Let me daze you by its charm. Enjoy the post and I’ll catch up with you again soon.
Also, before I go, I want to wish you a very happy new year and of course a lot of amazing adventures!