Black and white photography has always had a transformative quality to me, one that is very impactful in a frozen moment. The simplicity of light and dark tones focuses the attention, or allows for imagination. Early this spring, I took Alyssa and Ian to the National Zoo. It was a beautiful and warm day, but many of the animals were still inside from the winter so there wasn't much to see. However, I was lucky enough to have My Own Animals.