Roots – Black and White Challenge Day 1

So there’s a challenge going around Facebook right now – essentially, it’s posting five black and white photographs in five days. I was tagged by Preeth and decided that there was no point in just letting FB followers see my posts – I wanted to transfer it to my blog, too. Here’s my first image, taken at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve last Thursday.

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The lighting was such that this image was already almost all black-and-white. All I had to desaturate was a small area of green that was hardly noticeable in the upper left corner. I love the interplay of the mangrove roots and leaves, and the sense of interconnectedness to it all. Mangrove forests are vital to an ecosystem’s continued health, especially in the tropical regions; and what makes this image all the more ironic is that in the background are the construction sites of Malaysia, where formerly more mangrove used to be.