Black and White - Pervez Photography

These are some black and white photos I've taken, from my travels through Turkey, Guatemala, China, Europe, and the United States. While I really enjoy color in my photos, I learned photography with black and white film, and it holds a special place for me. Also, there is a unique sense of drama in black and white with shadows and contrasts that you just can't get from color. It creates a sense of mystery as well.

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Rare beams of sunlight at the Natural History Museum in London. I was walking from the Prince Albert Memorial to the Underground, but needed to take a quick bathroom break. The Natural History Museum was en route, so I decided to pop in quickly, use the facilities, take a quick look around, and head out (this was my last day in London and I was trying to see a ton of things, hence the rush). I was looking for the exit when I walked into this opening in the museum. I saw the beams of light coming through and started sprinting up the stairs to make sure I got this photo (as anyone who visits London knows, sunlight is rare!). I probably terrified the group of school children as I ran by them while pulling my camera out of its case and putting the right lens on. Fortunately, when I got up to the top, the light was still coming through. It reminded me of a famous B&W shot of a light beam coming through at old Penn Station in New York City. The architecture in this building is also quite spectacular, so that added to the allure of the photo. Needless to say, best bathroom break ever!

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