Letter from the Editor: Landscapes in Black and White

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Lead image by Nathan Wirth. Featured later on in our coverage.

If you’re in certain climate zones, you’re most likely experiencing one of the most magical moments of the year: autumn. Go outside, get up high, and you’ll be struck with beautiful landscapes covered in various colors that the trees take on. It’s beautiful, heart warming, and of course photogenic. Color has become one of the biggest and most important aspects of modern landscape photography. But what happens when you take that color away? What happens when the image that you’re looking at suddenly becomes black and white? Does it lose its beauty? How do you adapt and take a strong image made so partially by color and make it work in the world of monochromatic?

That’s what we’re exploring this month. The world of black and white landscape photography is vast, hypnotic, and incredible. It’s what Ansel Adams and many other photographers had to work with. Of course, photography has evolved quite a bit since the days of the zone system’s inception. But there is no doubt that landscapes can still captivate audiences everywhere. Since the earliest days of photography, the tools have changed too.

We’ve prepared a large amount of content that is bound to make your jaw drop this month. So please, enjoy!

– Sincerely,

Chris Gampat

Editor in Chief/Publisher.