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Moody Pensive Black and White Landscapes by Derek Toye

By Hanssie on January 31st 2014

There is just something about black and white landscape photography that screams depth. The contrast of an image devoid of color, the dark vs the light, the yin and the yang, complementing off each other, balancing each other bringing a dimension that pulls a viewer in and forces contemplation. Don’t get me wrong, I love and appreciate looking at the beautiful colors that surrounds us in nature, but when it is stripped of color, the world becomes alone, silent, pensive, almost ghostly.

[REWIND: Benoit Courti’s Expressive, Hauntingly Beautiful B&W Series, ‘Deep Black’]


Those are the feelings I get when I look at amateur photographer, Derek Toye’s evocative images. His black and white landscapes, captured in dense fog, and eerie in its simplicity is both peaceful and hauntingly beautiful at the same time. Toye is self taught and has only started shooting  for a little over a year. “Favorites include anything such as trees, mist or any type of scene that portrays some sort of mood or atmosphere to it.”

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See more of Derek Toye’s beautiful work on 500px  and Flickr.

CREDITS: All photographs by Derek Toye have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Chuck Eggen

    These are beautiful photographs but only certain landscapes under certain conditions work well in Black and White. He’s mastered it I think.

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