Since the appearance of the first daguerreotype in 1839, this art called photography has already been 182 years old, of which most of them have passed in black and white. In 2021 I will be celebrating 50 years as a professional photographer, I started working since 1971 at the age of 19, when photography had been in existence for 132 years and I certainly hope to celebrate 200 years of such noble art when in 2039 Photography celebrates its honorable bicentennial.
As a small tribute to black and white photography, i selected this photo that I took in Cuatrociénegas in the state of Coahulila, Mexico, of these formations of lime and sand, at sunset with the flush sun that reveals these fabulous shapes that the sun and the wind have shaped between the dunes. Curiously, this photo that I titled Castles of Lime and Sand is 100% digital from its taking to its post-production, the values of the range of gray between black and white remind me of those obtained in the laboratory, without a doubt they give the character and personality of photography in B&N. It remains the same.
I have many anecdotes about B&W it, one of them was when seeing the family album where the photos in byn predominated, my 5-year-old grandson Francisco asked me, "In your time was life in B&W?" Then I gave a huge laugh at such an innocent question, I proceeded to briefly explain the difference between a color photo and black and white, and of course make him understand that life has always been in color since the time of the caves, I do not know if he understood but I explained it to him, black and white photography has been present in the family history of each one of us in particular and of the whole world in general, "that's how important the art of stopping time is”.