Weegee Nighttime Black and White Photography
Weegee was a famous photographer in the 1930s and 1940s who build his reputation around creating stark black-and-white nighttime photos of Manhattan's seedy night life. He called himself Weegee because, like a Ouija board, he knew where the exciting stuff was happening. His real name was Ascher Fellig.
If you Google "Weegee Photos" you can find quite a range of his works. They often involve a sense of glancing into a nighttime world that is in motion and alive. One unseen by most. They tend to have black blacks and bright whites. Rather than a posed scene, they are more a glimpse into what's really going on.
On October 25, 2014 the Blackstone Valley Art Association did a nighttime trip to Salem, Massachusetts in order to seek out Weegee-style photos. Here are three of my favorite Weegee-style photos from that trip. I probably didn't crank the contrast enough on them - they're still too grey-scale to be truly Weegee.
This next one isn't in Weegee style, but I do like it anyway. It reminds me of the "animated" nature images that a friend, Bob Evans, takes.
Here is the full set of photos from the night shoot, in their original, colored form:
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