I’m talking about black and white photography. For years that’s all we had. And then…color film was developed. And the photography world changed forever. Or did it?
There’s a quote I like by Ted Grant that says: “When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!”
I think the same thing is true for many landscape photographs. Our eyes go right to the saturated colors of a sunrise or sunset photograph and often we miss the “rest of the story!” Drama in a photograph doesn’t have to come from the colors. Often it is much easier to present mood and feeling in black and white.
Photographs made at night are great candidates for a black and white palette. I made this shot of the fish cleaning station at Rockport Beach Park very early one morning. I wanted to highlight the shadows on the boardwalk. My eye was drawn directly to the shadows that morning as I made the click.
Like I said at the beginning, people are divided when it comes to black and white photography. I feel for the RIGHT scene it can make a strong statement. The good thing is that the original digital file is in color, so if you don’t like the way your photo looks in black and white, you still have a color version. We didn't always have that luxury in the days of physical film.
Give black and white photography a try…you just might like the look. As always, I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have about black and white photography or photography in general. Happy photo shooting.
Stephen Fisher and his wife Sharon have lived in Rockport for almost 5 years. Stephen Is a full time nature photographer with gallery representations here in Rockport and in Corpus Christi. Their favorite question is “What took us so long to get here to Rockport?”