Dockland Buffers – Comparing Colour and Monochrome

Aha! Those objects I couldn’t clearly identify earlier in the week on our walk across Cardiff Bay barrage, are buffers for ships using the docks.

Although I find these scenes interesting and those buffers fascinating, I wondered what they might be like in black and white. It is perhaps best to say b&w rather than monochrome because I deepened the darker areas, strengthened the contrast, added some grain and left no hint of colour in any spectrum.

Cardiff docks

Ship buffers

Cardiff docks

Cardiff docks


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    • Thanks Allysse. I think I prefer the b&w as well but I sometimes wonder about the validity of history (or the sense of it) being shown in this way because however far back you go in time, there was still colour!

      • Good point. It’s like the validity of churches and temples being cleaned white when they used to be filled with colours.
        I guess we can only experience a skeleton of how things used to be. The testimonies from history and our imagination has to do the rest of the work.

        • Speaking of churches in this way, our local historically significant “church on the marshes” (St Teilo’s Church) was removed stone by stone about 30 years ago and rebuilt at the Welsh Heritage Museum at St Fagan’s. They “restored” it to all its original glory!!!! with some of the fresco work being painted anew. It is now pristine and holds no interest for me, no sense of history. Now that is weird as it must at some time have been new to the congregation, so why can’t I appreciate it as it is now? Somehow it seems false but is this just my perception of it? I still enjoy walks down to the marshes and the old churchyard, that’s the most important thing for me.

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