Shades of Grey: Canada’s Best Black and White Photography
Colour often steals the spotlight, but there’s something elegant and understated about black and white photography. Here are 25 breathtaking shots of Canada captured in glorious greyscale.
This wonderful shot looks like a modern, black-and-white version of an Andrew Wyeth painting. Taken near Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, photographer Helen Rempel used a self-timer as she stood at the edge of a canola field.
To the lighthouse
Richard Main really nailed the vibe of April’s Theme Pic Challenge with this gorgeous photo of the Battle Island Lighthouse near Lake Superior. It’s a great example of the power of depth and contrast.
Alberta’s Crowsnest Mountain got its name from the local Cree Indians because of the ravens that nested in the region. This shot captures everything we love about mountains-they’re beautiful, historic and larger-than-life. Great job, Tracey!
According to Aboriginal legend, the moon guards the earth at night and has the ability to change the moods and thoughts of humans. With this photo, Wes Tollefson captures the moon in all its amazing and unknowable glory.
Photographer Tanya Allen of Ontario took this serene shot from the docks at the Mattawa Adventure Camp on a cool and foggy Thanskgiving weekend.
Mother and son
Nothing says happiness like some quality family time. Alden Mahoney snapped this shot of his wife and son walking at dusk on Deadman’s Cove Beach in Newfoundland.
Field of dreams
The great thing about a black-and-white landscape photograph is it’s hard to tell whether it was taken yesterday or 100 years ago. However, one thing’s for sure: the Alberta landscape never looked more peaceful. Thanks for sharing, Darlene!
Station to station
Photographer Dale Matthies found inspiration in the old Beach Street Station Restaurant in Goderich, Ontario.
Under the canopy
It really is impossible to make a maple leaf look bad. Kim MacDonald Cameron took this photo during a recent trip to Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Anyone in the mood for a race? Dave Carnahan of Ontario took this photograph at Cobourg’s waterfront, where a selection of old and classic cars can always be seen.
Linda Sweeney of New Brunswick writes: “My husband doing what loves to do in his retirement years-splitting next year’s wood.” He’s done a great job by the looks of it!
The black-and-white theme inspired photographer Sean Donnelly of Ontario to take this high-contrast (and amazingly detailed) shot of worn-out gears.
Round the bend
This postcard-perfect image of Canada’s old railway tracks was captured by Cindy Herbert of Ontario. Thanks for sharing, Cindy!
What a beautiful composition. This farmhouse, located in Bloomsbury, Alberta, looks as if it’s being eaten alive by those frost-covered trees. Great eye, Linda!
Wes Tollefson of Saskatchewan captured this shot of an old buggy. By the looks of it, the buggy has been sitting in that barn for ages!
Janice Storch used black-and-white to her advantage by capturing this slice of life in rural Alberta. Who else wants to be a cowboy for a day?
Photographer Jim Stickel of Alberta captured this shot of a stoic owl perched on a fence post during a chinook in the south of the province.
Moment in the sun
Photographer Deb Sandau grabbed her camera to take this cute shot of Angel, the farm cat. Judging by her graceful pose, she might like the attention!
Don’t be fooled by those awesome rosette patterns-jaguars are deadly. Photographer Karen Allin took this shot at the Toronto Zoo.
Long road ahead
Canadian winters can often be brutal, but Norma Keith’s photograph of a peaceful, ice-covered road proves that they’re often worth it.
What lies beneath
Photographer Wilmar Chopyk was lucky enough to get a glimpse of this iceberg at Cape Bonavista, Newfoundland. These large pieces of freshwater ice attract huge crowds in the province every year. Great timing, Wilmar!
On the tracks
No longer in use, the Vancouver Island Railway runs from Victoria to Courtenay-this shot in particular was taken behind Courtenay. Photographer Bailey Beatrice Holliday writes: “This railroad is an amazing testament to the history of the Island.”
Till the cows come home
Photographer Cathy Martin snapped this lovely shot of dairy cows heading out to pasture in the early morning in Napan, New Brunswick.
Bay of Fundy
What a view! Photographer Roger Lafontaine writes: “While waiting for the high tide to go kayaking, we took a walk by the Hopewell Rocks and took a few pictures from the lookout tower near by.” Thanks for sharing, Roger!
Photographer Doug Burlock’s shot of an abandoned rural farmhouse in Ontario is delightfully mysterious. The cavernous trees make it even more creepy!