Nature Photography: Coexistence (No.21) – Black-and-White Still Life Photomontage

11 March 2019


Taken in Polamatic and edited in Snapseed, Stackables and Pixlr.

Black and White Photomontage; Sally W. Donatello 2019 All Rights Reserved

Black and White Photomontage; Sally W. Donatello 2019 All Rights Reserved

Click onto image to enlarge. Let me know your response to this photomontage. Prints are available upon request. 


The pre-Spring light gives new breath to the landscape with graceful movement through angles and lines, contrasts and shadows. White spaces emphasize strength and resilience, and the black etches balance that flows as the day evolves.

To convert a photograph to black and white exposes what we see on the surface as opposed to the network of the unseen. There is a stripping away that allows less complexity and more simplicity to emerge.

In the Lens section three layers create an illusion that blends the human and natural. The black-and-white image is bathed in light, and seems exaggerated by even more beams of light. Color is unnecessary to narrate this Photomontage.

As this month proceeds, I welcome additional daylight as the sun repositions itself. Afternoons seem extended, opportunities beckon.

Winter seems almost forgotten, but that’s an illusion. Even with the week’s forecast in the 50s and 60s, the chill lingers in the shadows of history. Still, my thoughts are fueled by what the imagination can create and process over time.

The combination of human nature and Mother nature is limitless, giving me a never-ending array of creations and inventions. There is much to consider, as the muse encourages and plays with my senses and sensibilities. Nature is awakening and I’m a willing voyeur.

Spring illuminates the inherit need to honor and protect nature, and to have more faith in the ability of humanity to recognize our interdependence. Nature will always win; she is the quintessential master of the universe. We must cherish her part in our own existence.


Aperture is one of the most well-known magazines about photography. But it offers more that visuals; it also provides commentary that weaves the contemporary and historical. Each issue is theme-oriented and mesmerizes, taking me hours to absorb content and context. Aperture helps the reader discover what is current in the medium, and narrates these stories through image and text. There always is the unexpected, which builds the drama, intrigue and joy. There also is a special kind of pleasure as I hold the publication, and peruse its large-format pages. It’s a multi-dimensional online and offline magazine that offers “a growing digital publishing program, including e-books, apps and a daily blog as well as online features.” While I prefer the handheld edition, it’s worth the read and the time, even online.


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20 Responses to Nature Photography: Coexistence (No.21) – Black-and-White Still Life Photomontage

  1. The complexity of the nature…let me think we live in a complex world…natural or man made…
    Yes, spring is around, I love winter but I feel the energy of the new season, with more light, longer days, and more colors around.

  2. Tina Schell says:

    Another complex and thoughtful creation Sally – love the interaction of light and dark.

  3. I love the light and shadow and the extended afternoons!!

  4. The image gives me a sensation of mother nature captured in a cage, but about to be freed by the emerge of spring?

  5. pattimoed says:

    Hi, Sally. I love the shadow/light in the upper left of the image. Beautiful details. You express it so beautifully: “The combination of human nature and Mother nature is limitless, giving me a never-ending array of creations and inventions. … Nature is awakening and I’m a willing voyeur.”

  6. Lignum Draco says:

    Lovely photomontage and your words herald the burst of light, light and creativity to arrive with the Spring.

  7. I like the free-floating nature of your edit. The bricks and planter hunkering over the horizon of the treeline fascinates me. Thanks for the tip about the magazine. I’ll check it out later.

  8. Amy says:

    This B&W is beautifully processed, Sally. The larger version allows viewers to see the details of the leaves, lines and angles, yet the image is less complexity.

  9. eschudel says:

    I also love this time of year! Great for photography and life in general.

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