AUBRA FRANKLIN @JeffMitchumGalleries


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I have heard it said that those who prefer black and white photography are individuals with a higher level of art appreciation. These individuals are kindred spirits with music lovers who prefer jazz over all other musical expressions. They rest a bit higher on the artistic evolutionary ladder. I also believe it is safe to say that most individuals prefer color photography over black and white images. More interesting however is the body of belief that argues that an actual biological difference exists within the brain that causes a specific preference for black and white images over color photography.
Regardless of perceived preferences or even biology, there is little argument that black and white images possess immense power. Stripped of all color and pretense, these images force the viewer to embrace the raw, graphical series of shapes, tones, and textures that are only found in the world of black and white. Los Cuernos, or the horns, are the stars of the Parque Nacional Torres del Paine in Chile. These majestic mountains invoke awe as they rightly claim their standing as world class summits in the rarefied air of Half Dome in Yosemite Valley, the Matterhorn, the Maroon Bells and the Grand Tetons. Standing on the rock edge above Salto Grande, or great falls, I was mesmerized by the scene before me. The energy of the moment was amplified as I contended with sustained winds of 40 miles per hour with gusts up to 60 miles per hour. The difficulty of this shot cannot be overstated as I labored to stay steady while keeping the water spray off the lens. The vision of the peaks silhouetted against a magnificent canvas of spectacular cloud formations took my breath away.
The horns tower over this scene in the perfect pas de deux with an equally impressive supporting cast of rushing water, billowing clouds and perfectly positioned landforms as if it was an exquisitely choreographed ballet. The performance that day was fresh and alive, yet in the natural spontaneity you could not help but see a well-rehearsed production that was eons in the making.