Darkness to Light

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”

~Desmond Tutu

Pier, Santa Monica

Oak and Vineyard, Sonoma

Winter Wave, San Francisco

Park Shadows

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” 


Cove, Mendocino

Row 20, Napa

Woodline and Eucalyptus, San Francisco

Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.

~William Wordsworth

Rushing Water, Yosemite

Lighthouse, Mendocino

Categories: Black and White, Landscapes, PhotographyTags: , , , ,


  1. Lovely post. I was there around the late 1980’s. A picturesque place to be sure. ☀️

  2. Incredible black and white images. What texture they hold!

  3. the path of black and white is highlighted by the grey area. I love these… thanks for sharing your passion:)

  4. Gorgeous texture and light in these images, Jane. Your work is inspiring. And I’m so happy to see you like lighthouses, too! I also love that Plato quote.

  5. Another beautiful post Jane. For some reason “the row” shot really caught my eye.

  6. Wow, I can’t stop looking at those pics.

  7. Fantastic shots Jane. Merci. We sure could use some hope on November 3rd. So many men (and not a few women) are afraid of the light…

  8. Jane, your black and white photography is exquisite. I liked these so much.

  9. It’s beautiful. Black provides a haunting charm and white bring them forth to life… These images are as such alive…

  10. Great series Jane…love how the white tips of the waves draw your eyes into the Winter Wave shot and the spooky Park Shadows foggy shot is my other favorite. Perfect for b/w. Well done 🙂

  11. We are definitely living in monochrome times.Your Desmond Tutu quotation couldn’t be more perfect as we are all looking for hope in the darkness. Your images always give us that hope 🙂

  12. Love the Mendocino Cove shot, and ‘being afraid of the light’…. 🙂 🙂

  13. This is a tranquil study of light and darkness, Jane, with your exquisite photos and the accompanying quotes. I liked the lines of the Santa Monica Pier and the various vineyards, beautiful and moody photos. My favorite photo is the Winter Wave. It’s a unique angle of SF that we never see. Lovely post.

    • HI Jet, How nice to read your comment. I love working in monochrome. Glad you especially like winter wave…it’s worth going to Fort Point on a high surf warning day…it’s astounding. Thank you so much. 🙂

  14. Thank you for the inspiring quotes, dear Jane. Your images are so beautiful. I’ve always enjoyed my visits to California and they brought back some lovely memories.

  15. One word will suffice on this stunning collection, Jane: YOWZA!!!

  16. The quotes touched me so much…

  17. The pictures may be black and white but evoke a whole spectrum of emotions. Beautiful 💗

  18. Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet and commented:
    Come and Enjoy these photos!

  19. I just love that PARK SHADOW pic , it is so mesmerising.

  20. Loved the play of light and dark. On first look it appears to be sad with no hope of positivity (changes), while looking at it for a while long,you see a ray of light (hope to overcome challenges)
    Loved it as always…..👌👌🥰🥰🥰

  21. Another amazing series, Jane. There is something about well taken B&W photographs that seem to touch me more, a bit more drama within the shadows perhaps. My first thought, as I have a feeling with many others, is hopefully your title becomes reality come November 3rd… 🙂

  22. This is awesome. Do check out my website for amazing photos

  23. Jane, you set quite a mood here. As the news takes into dark places, maybe going with that darkness can be healing. I think so, when I look at these images. The winter wave with the skyline is gorgeous and such an interesting juxtaposition. The image has the feeling of being out on the water and subject to its will, with the sheltering city far away. And oh, the park shadows are captivating. I feel like I’ve seen something exactly like that and I’m back there again, in some other time and place. I like ‘Row 20’ a lot. It’s a reminder of all the work that goes into winemaking. ‘Woodline and Eucalyptus’ is beautiful – what is a woodline? Why does it look that way? Such a lovely rhythm! The lighthouse is the picture of sturdiness and comfort, even while being alone. A great collection, Jane.

    • Hi Lynn, Thank you for your positive response. It’s funny how I remember making each image. Woodline is a sculpture by Andy Goldsworthy who creates pieces out of reclaimed elements that will eventually go back to the earth. This one is in the Presidio and is a great place to escape. I’m happy you enjoyed this collection. Keep on looking for the light. 🙂

  24. “…when men are afraid of the light” – hmm, roll on November 3rd…
    Lovely images, and here’s to feeling lighter in a month or so. No easy fixes ahead, but we needn’t make it worse.
    Take care.

  25. Here’s the poem that includes Wordsworth’s exhortation to turn to nature:

  26. I know I’ve mentioned this before … but I LOVE your Black and White series and I had to come back another day to check it out again. The pier and the light shining through the trees is a good one. 🙂

  27. Stunning imagery, Jane! I love the b&w, and how all the shapes are so defined. Very nice work!

  28. Lovely photos, Jane, good to see such excellent black and white. My out and out favourite is Park Shadows, and there is Woodline too. 🙂

  29. What an amazing round of photos – it’s hard to even pick a favorite!

  30. What an intriguing post. Beautifully done, Jane. Love the Plato quote.

  31. Your “Woodline and Eucalyptus” reminds me of San Francisco’s Lombard Street.

  32. Beautiful B&W, Jane, especially the Winter Wave and Park Shadows. Nature’s B&W is a very gray day. If it comes with dense fog or a snowy conditions, so much the better. 🙂

  33. This is an excellent album, but that “Park Shadows” is absolutely amazing, what a very cool otherworldly feel! I might hesitate to go down that path, looks like you might find yourself in Narnia or Middle-earth!

  34. The rushing water is different. love those photos and lines.

  35. Nice series, Jane. Sweet to contemplate this morning as I take my tea. My favorite is ‘Woodline and Eucalyptus’ – so playful to the eye!

  36. Beautiful work Jane, especially the opener and your closing image – loved the B&W. Hope you had/are having a wonderful getaway!

  37. always beautiful pictures, and wonderful use of light especially today!

  38. What a treat to view all these gorgeous images when I woke up this morning! Your choice of showing these images in black and white are brilliantly effective. Love them all, thanks for sharing, Jane!

  39. Each of these drew me in and caused me to dwell. Thanks! (Off to share and bring the light to others)

  40. Those quotes…how true they …uttered by truly great people…Your photos, ohhhh your photos; as wonderful, thoughtful and apt as ever.

  41. Beautiful pictures Jane! 🙌
    I especially liked the still black and white picture of the wave.

  42. Great blak & white pictures, my favo is n° 2 Greetings, Rudi

  43. Great set; great content! Running Water for me please!

  44. Very good; you’re starting to get the hang of it 🤪 I’m a fan of black and white. By the way, I just noticed that they’re also selling colour screen tv’s now so I may just get one 😁

  45. Beautiful as always, your use of light and shadow in the pictures make the light look like silver.

  46. Thanks Jane, for showing us the light… these seem to be times when we’re needing the reminder. I’m convinced we’ll make it through it all in the end. It’ll be time before we know it to roll up the sleeves and work to restore what has been lost. 😀

  47. Beautiful black and white selection Jane…such strong compositions…and all the textures and lines…always appreciate seeing your work ~ sending joy Hedy ☺️💫🌞

    • Hi Hedy, Happy you enjoyed these black and whites. I think they do tell a different story than color. Thanks very much and I appreciate your thoughts. Hope you have a great week. 😊☀️

  48. Beautiful display of the contrast between dark and light in your monochrome photos! Well done, Jane!

  49. Another beautiful collection, with words we all need to hear. This collection had me thinking I need to slow down and get present more when photographing. That’s the sense I get from them – that you’re really present with the location and the process. Lovely.

    • Alison, You’ve made my day. If my images convey an immersion in the moment, which is what I am feeling, then I’ve accomplished something. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and I’m very happy you enjoyed this series. Hope you are doing well. 🙂

  50. Gorgeous images and reflective quotations… Cheers! -autumn jade

  51. Jane, your Black and White images are so significantly beautiful. When you photograph , do you shot in B&W, or do you transfer the raw images into B&W. just being curious.

  52. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Mesmerizing! Very religious! I would say very Jewish, in my point of view. Thanks so much, Jane!

  53. I like the Tutu quote! ATmospheric monochrome shots, Jane!

  54. Beautiful light in your black and white photos, Jane. My favorite is Cove Mendocino. I love how the sunlight hits the hillside.

  55. Park Shadows, is a beautiful and hauntingly succulent image… Bravo!

    • Thanks so much, Eric. That was a memorable morning in a park in SF across from where I lived. Sad thing is, the city cut that tree down for reasons that I cannot fathom, so I am happy to have documented it.

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