In an age of digital power, portable communication and stunted attention span, slowness and stillness are increasingly neglected. More than that, they are misunderstood. Mountains remind me of such truths, or principles, which antidote the fast, crass, ephemeral, instant, gone, febrile, snack food coloured distractions of contemporary living. I remember the sensual pleasure I felt when I first saw the black and white photography of Kertesz and Cartier-Bresson as a teenager. I don’t think I’ll ever forget it. Black and white photography is beautiful and unique. It’s soothingly slow because it invites attention rather than demands it.

 

Lake District Photography: Kentmere Monochrome

Saturday December 29, 2012