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Black symbolizes rebellion, magic, mourning and evil, while purity, kindness and neutrality are evoked by the color white.

The marriage of black and white is a powerful combination perhaps because the two are so starkly opposite. Many photographers, artists and designers are drawn to the yin and yang of black with white, myself included.

A few of my currently favorite images combining black and white…

Carmen Kass by Sølve Sundsbø

© stormyafternoon

via Madame Barry

via Alex Mody Photography

via Flickr

Art Forms in Nature | Ernst Haekel

via theSteward

vintage Ponds ad

© Anton Jankovoy

Föremål

© Lynn Dennison 

© helt enkelt

via Imprint 

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We discovered a breathtaking black beach on Iceland’s Snæfellsnes peninsula in the western fjords. Polished black pebbles rumbled beneath the pounding surf as they rushed onto the deserted shore.  Bits of brightly hued seaweed were left behind. I loved the contrast of the stark hard stone and the colorful organic seaweed.

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© Poppy Gall 2010Color Inspiration – Iceland
The colors of Iceland are still embedded behind my eyelids when I close my eyes, flickering like a mini abstract art slide show. We arrived on the first day of summer on the Icelandic calendar – April 25, 2009. Bundled up in down jackets, mittens and hats, we roamed around Reykjavik before heading northward toward the Arctic Circle to ski among the fjords.
Iceland’s breathtaking landscape is a richly textured tapestry of water, ice, sand, rock, lichen and moss and a never-ending source of inspiration for artists. Public art  - sculpture, art installations and murals – is everywhere in Reykjavik. The museums and galleries are loaded with modern and folk art, photography and textile arts. Innovative music and film is born there. I applaud this national appreciation for the arts, one that encourages such a diverse and thriving artist’s community.
Expecting a mostly snowy, late-winter environment, I was pleased to find a broad range of colors, from cool to warm. Here are some color palettes inspired by what I saw. I

When I close my eyes, the colors of Iceland are still embedded behind my eyelids, flickering like a mini abstract-art slide show. We arrived on the first day of summer of the Icelandic calendar – April 25, 2009. Bundled up in down jackets, mittens and hats, we roamed around Reykjavik before heading northward toward the Arctic Circle to ski among the fjords.

Iceland’s breathtaking landscape is a richly textured tapestry of water, ice, snow, sand, rock, lichen and moss and a never-ending source of inspiration for artists. There is a luminescent quality to the light. Public art  - sculpture, art installations and murals – is everywhere in Reykjavik. The museums and galleries are loaded with modern and folk art, photography and textile arts. Innovative music and film is born there. I applaud this national appreciation for the arts, one that encourages and nurtures such a diverse and thriving artist’s community.

Expecting a mostly snowy, late-winter environment, I was pleased to find a broad range of colors, from cool to warm. Here are some color palettes inspired by what I saw. I plan to go back when the island is green!

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