These two -- this one and "buttons" -- are unbelievably pretty. The black and white is stark, but shows the patterns in both in perfect detail, and the blurred backgrounds mean the patterns and textures are completely visible. Excellent photography!
Honestly black and white photography is something that's very challenging for me. Both of the photos that you mention were originally shot in color, and I converted them in PSE-7.
I've been playing around with a lot of my old color photos, and most of them don't convert well to b/w at all. I was really hesitant to even post these at first, as most of my gallery is so bright with color. Maybe too bright !
You're welcome -- you definitely shouldn't have hesitated, these two are brilliant! And it's always nice to have variety. I've never tried to convert my photographs to black and white; it sounds tricky to get it right, and I can believe that. I would like to try black and white photography, though. Just need to get hold of film. But pictures like this inspire me to give it a a go (:
I use a Lubitel, which is something between a Holga and a "serious" film camera... Anyone with a Holga says it's too complicated and anyone with a posh camera says it's just a toy! I like it, but you're right, it is fairly expensive. All that means I can't take nearly so many photographs (I could count how many I've ever taken, if you wanted!). I just prefer the reality of a negative, the simplicity of the mechanism and the (often pleasant) surprises that you get from shooting and not seeing the result 'til long after. Each to their own! (And I would love to play around with polaroids some day, if and when I can get my hand on a good polaroid camera.)