On 50 Shades of Light

Gray to the Americans is grey to the British

Gray – from the Old English grǣg; related to Dutch grauw and German grau

Gray – as in gri (Albanian), grisa (Basque), šedá (Czech), grigio (Italian), pelēks (Latvian). szary (Polish), cinza (Portuguese), llwyd (Welsh). and more (feel free to add your own)

Gray – a noun, adjective, a verb, or a personal name

Gray – as noun: gray, grays

Gray – a color or a pigment between black and white

Converted from a color print. Many shades of gray as well as black and white. Near Page, Arizona

Converted from a color print. Many shades of gray as well as black and white. Near Page, Arizona

 

Gray – a member of the Confederate army in the US Civil War

Gray – as a verb as in gray, graying, grayed

A foggy morning, nothing left except gray

A foggy morning, nothing left except gray

 

Graying – as with hair, aging

Gray – as an adjective, as in gray, grayer, grayest

Bryce Canyon, one of the most color places anywhere - yet still beautiful in monochrome

Bryce Canyon, one of the most color places anywhere – yet still beautiful in monochrome

 

Gray – synonyms include silvery, gunmetal al, slate, charcoal, smoky, hoary

Gray – related to old people, as in growing old, mature, older

Gray – as a description of the weather, as in cloudy, overcast, dull, sunless, gloomy, dreary, dismal, somber, bleak, murky

Winter washing away the color photo

Winter washing away the color photo

 

Gray – a person’s face – as in pale, tired, aged, ill, ashen, wan, pale, pasty, pallid, colorless, bloodless, white, waxen

Gray – without interest or character – as in faceless, characterless, colorless, nondescript, insipid, jejune, unremarkable, flat, bland, dry, stale

Gray – as in monochrome – a photograph or picture executed in varying tones of black and white – or even of one color

A photo converted into "DaVinci" sketch using Topaz Impression software

A photo converted into “DaVinci” sketch using Topaz Impression software

Gray – the monochromic version – achromatic, colorless, neutral, dirty, dull, faded, pale, chalky, ashen, washed-out … that’s gray … as in 50 shades of light

A whiteout in Oklahoma

A whiteout in Oklahoma

 

Steve is not only a long-time friend and photography enthusiast, we’ve collaborated on several occasions right here. I write the text and he selected the images to embed at various points.

I encourage everyone to visit his site to see his photos, which are available for purchase. He may also respond to comments here when he can, so feel free to ask him questions.

Photos by Steve Ancik @ LightWave Images

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62 thoughts on “On 50 Shades of Light

  1. Interesting that in photography it’s called a mono-chrome, meaning “one color”, but in painting it’s called a “grisaille” (from the French word “gris” for “gray”), which means not one color, but many, many values between black and white…..

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    • Lame,
      Knowing your enthusiasm for pigeons, your eyes have detected an excellent addition to this post. … and I recall from post collaborations that you admired Steve’s work. Keep smiling, and cheers to the King of Quips. … and with the Oscars approaching, has he determined the winners?

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      • I think he’s probably working on his list this weekend. Unlike this working stiff, he gets today off from his Grind! Glad you liked my pigeon appreciation moment. I have to content myself with a fake foam one I’ve placed on my window. They don’t come around at my Grind’s new location like they did at the old one. Tragic. I have to rely on Godsend for distraction, but she’s on vacation so I’m stuck focusing on my job. Double tragic.

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        • I can recall, but does Milton try to pick the Academy’s selection or does he pick the one he thinks is most deserving?

          A foam pigeon for the window is quite the tribute. in terms of the weather and The Grind’s new location, have you had any transportation issues this winter?

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    • Jim,
      A profound thought to ponder … thus a reason why I enjoy these words:
      Cold hearted orb
      That rules the night.
      Removes the colours
      From our sight.
      Red is gray and
      Yellow white.
      But we decide
      Which is right.
      And
      Which is an Illusion

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  2. aFa, there is nothing cloudy, overcast, dull, sunless, gloomy, dreary, dismal, somber, bleak or murky about either this post or Steve Ancik’s pictures.

    Thanks for the differentiation between grey and gray. It’s one more example of George Bernard Shaw’s quote that “England and America are two countries separated by a common language.”

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    • Tom,
      Good point. I’ve got the feeling the Internet as a whole has helped bridge the difference by making one more aware, thus leading to more acceptance. Just a thought! I roll with it and use it as an identifier … I see colour, and think UK.

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  3. Although I tend to think in the “gray areas” more than black and white, I don’t really care for the color gray. But Steve’s photos are very beautiful–I need to rethink my position!

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    • Debra,
      Typically, Cincinnati winter is a lot of gray and brown to go along with the cold … thus not much white … and all this serves as the backdrop of hearing my wife frequently mention how much she hates winter. Meanwhile, glad you were about to find some beauty in the post. 🙂

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  4. Ah, Frank this post should shift anyone’s view on gray [or grey]. A wonderful collaboration indeed. Chapeau to Steve’s beautiful grays and chapeau to you Frank for hosting Steve’s work and writing this beautiful post! Happy Tuesday and prebirth-day! 😉

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  5. Hard not to love this post Frank. For me there is a magical and elegant element to Gray (B&W) photographs/drawings/paintings that create another whole level to the scenes, in particular what you have here.

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