For the first time in my life I shot with a black and white film. And not just a black and white film, but the Lomography Lady Grey B&W 400 35mm. Here’s my adventure with Lady Grey.
I don’t really have a thing with black and white photography. I think a lot of pictures in grey are beautiful, but the idea of shooting black and white myself wasn’t really my cup of tea.
But when I got my camera, a Diana Mini, I also received a roll of Lomography Lady Grey B&W 400 35mm . So the ultimate change is to try it myself, to experience the feeling of black and white photography.
I noticed that I was thinking differently, when I saw things to photograph. I focused on contrasts more, and wondered if certain things would be as nice as I hoped in black and white. Frankly, I found some results disappointing afterwards. But that’s also the fun of Lomography. Other photo’s, contrary to expectations, ended up surprisingly well. From other pictures I expected just a great result, and they were very disappointing.
I like the colors in the photos taken with this film, they are surprisingly soft. It gives the pictures a bit of dreamy effect. Sometimes, I find that the pictures could have been a bit darker. I like the photos taken with less light more than the photos with lots of light. And this is the moment when the sun wasn’t even shining while taking the photos.
However, the film surprised me in terms of shades of gray. It is successful in displaying many different colors in many different shades of gray. Black and white is much more than just black and white, but also many shades of gray. And that’s something that Lady Grey understands.