The Gallery: Black and White

Whenever I see people’s photos in black and white, I think how stunning they are. How simple, yet thought provoking. Somehow, when things are in black and white they appear more interesting than they do in colour, yet that doesn’t really make any sense. Because black and white is just bland and plain. It shouldn’t work, but it does.

Yet I never think to turn my photos into black and white.

We’ve had a crap few weeks. I’m fed up of my daughter being unable to walk, I’m fed up of looking awful. I’m fed up of thinking about these things, worrying about these things and writing about these things. I’m looking for things to cheer me up for a few minutes – my work, a nice meal, a walk, some fresh air. They last for a short time and then I start feeling rubbish again.

Somehow the prospect of turning cheerful photos into black and white for The Gallery cheered me up. So here’s a few of my photos of happy times turned into black and white…

And I’m smiling agin. For now.



Segrada Familia



Padstow, Kids, Black and white, The Gallery

Daughter, Birthday, The Gallery, Black and White

Son, The Lion King, Facepaint, Black and white, The Gallery



I wrote this post in response to a prompt on The Gallery at Sticky Fingers. Pop over to see how others have interpreted the theme ‘black and white’.


Author: Sarah Mummy

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    • Thanks very much, they made me smile!

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  1. I too never think of putting my pictures in black and white but your photos look lovely. I am going to try this with a few of my favourite ones x

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    • Thanks very much, it’s definitely something I should do more often! x

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  2. Sorry you are having a cruddy time. Wish I could wave a magic wand and fix it for you. These pics are fab though, I really love them in black and white. Is that Snowdon I spy in the middle?

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    • Thanks very much, that’s a lovely thing to say! It’s a blip and we’ll get over it. It most certainly is Snowdon! 🙂

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  3. That top photo is amazing Sarah – I think it’s the light in black and white photos that makes them look so eye-catching. The reflections in the water really are something 🙂

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    • Thanks very much! I’d forgotten about that photo, but was really pleased with it when I found it – from our crazy canal boat holiday of three years ago!

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  4. I think we’re all due another night out to cheer ourselves up. I’ll get onto it x

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    • Such a good idea! I’d been thinking that too, thanks. x

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    • Thanks very much, I’m sure they will! x

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  5. They are great choices and I’m glad they brought you a little light relief x

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    • Thanks very much! They certainly put a smile back on my face 🙂 x

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    • Thanks very much, it was nice to remember them 🙂

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  6. I love b&w photos, you have some great shots there.

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    • Thank you! It was quite a random selection! I must definitely use black and white more often.

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  7. Aww, so sorry you’re going through a crap time my friend. I too find photos ‘heal’ me. Going back to when my kids were wee babies or looking at ‘firsts’ or even when husband and I first met and I look so WELL and not so tired.
    I also go and walk amongst trees but I’m weird like that 🙂

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    • Thanks very much, things will get better for us soon! It’s amazing when you look back on those old photos how much you do all change! Who ever appreciated looking young and not tired at the time?!
      Walk among trees sounds like a very good thing to do! 🙂

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  8. What a lovely selection of photos. I love black and white photos, I have some lovely ones of the children in black and white in my living room.

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