If you know me at all yet, you would know that I absolutely love black and white photography. I could fill my entire house with black and white photos. This is why with all of our packages we offer the photos in both color and black and white. I could flip through black and white albums all day. But why? Why black and white photography?
Photos in black and white eliminate any distractions, any color, any obstructions to the scene. I find that black and white is the purest form of photography. It allows to you solely focus on the subject. The personality, the connection, the soul… everything about a subject can be easier to interpret when distractions are reduced.
When you photograph people in color you photograph their clothes
When you photograph people in black and white you photograph their souls – Ted Grant
As the saying goes, photography is the only language that could be understood anywhere in the world – and this especially true with black and white photography. Since black and white photos eliminate distractions, and communicate emotions, it allows for those life themes to be understood through all generations.
With black and white images, it’s much easier to create a certain mood. By playing with light and contrast, you’re able to create an entirely different mood than what it would be if it was in color.
Leaves an Impact
This point ties into creating emotion and eliminating distractions – if you create a certain emotion for the photo with minimal distractions, it can leave a longer lasting impression versus the color alternative.
All these reasons are great, but my favorite thing about black and white photos is it allows you to create a story. When you look, and I mean really observe, black and white photography the story of the photo comes alive. You can feel it. You can see it. You can imagine it. In it’s simplicity, it becomes complex. Suddenly it’s more than just a photo – it’s a real moment with a deeper story.
What I like about black and white photographs is that they’re more like reading a book than seeing the movie.