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Life Without Color….

My friend always makes us think a bit...

By Nora Simone

I was recently asked by a publisher for a black and white photo. “My black and white icon wouldn’t do” I was told. “People want to see the real you.”

What? The real me is not black and white. In a monochromatic world there would of course be a lot of grey (or gray) – perhaps mostly so but even then – there is a lot more color to this human chameleon.

I am not restricted to a black and white view of life so…..I had few BW photos to choose from. Lucky to have had this one in my apron pocket taken just a few months ago.

The exercise got me thinking….. What does it mean to think in “black and white”?

So here is a thought…….Black and white thinking is a thought pattern that makes people think in absolutes. For instance, you may think you are either always right or the world’s biggest failure.

Psychologists consider this thought pattern to be a cognitive distortion because it keeps you from seeing life the way it really is: complex, uncertain, and constantly changing.

Repeat: “Black and white thinking keeps you from seeing life the way it really is……”



Photo by Diane Crow Atlanta, GA

Thanks to Cristy Garcia, my quetzal bird inspiration.


4 Responses

  1. Nora,
    As a professional photographer for thirty years , I know the value of B/W images , they can convey drama far more than colour . As you comment colour does covey the whole truth , OK some may say it shows ” Warts and all !” . Now as an artist I love the use of colour , I tend to be a realist but others let their imagination run riot .
    As full time woman I love the choices we have , we can convey and portray ourselves in so many ways.

    1. Teresa,

      Like you, I adore having a choice- In all subjects, not just color. After all, color is just a fabrication of our mind to differentiate a small section of known wavelengths. The universe is larger than that, and so are we.


  2. Hi Nora,
    I loved your article. Every trans girl/CD should have a copy in their purse and read it often. It is short, to the point and accurate. Thanks for post it.

  3. Trish,

    Thanks your your generous thought. If every person had my comments in a card or portable devise, my real life presence would no longer be needed. Yikes!


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