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A Children’s Playground in Black and White

A Child’s Playground in Black and White. Las Cruces, New Mexico. Circa 2021.

Some images simply look better in black and white. There is a timeless quality with black and white. Lights and shadows have more contrast in black and white, which can make a big difference.

The color version of this photo was okay, but not great. However, I liked the curvature of the slide. It created some nice eye movement. So, I started playing around with it, and when I removed the color I had an “Oh, wow!” moment. It really popped. From there I did some minor editing to enhance the contrast, and it was done. A so-so photo now looked amazing. To see more of my black and white photos, please visit my other website at

Gayle Martin


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