Seeing in Black & White

“I think it’s because it was an emotional story, and emotions come through much stronger in black and white. Color is distracting in a way, it pleases the eye but it doesn’t necessarily reach the heart.”

Kim Hunter

I’ve been actively uploading my photos in my Instagram account for the last two weeks. I am now just realizing how many photos I’ve had since I started.

One thing I noticed though, I get better and better through the years. I’m not saying I’m up to par with someone photographing for NatGeo or somewhere else. I still have a long way to go to be up to their calibers.

I also realize how much I love black and white photography. Photos void of colors speak more to me than their colorful counterpart.

“To see in color is a delight for the eye but to see in black and white is a delight for the soul”

Andri Couldwell

It encourages me to look and admire the whole picture and get to see the very soul of my subjects no matter what, where or who they might be.

And in return, I get to somehow feel their stories, the untold ones or even the make believe ones. It allows me to be taken to a whole different place that not everyone can see or feel.

Can you imagine if we looked at people and our lives the way we looked at black and white photos?

Perhaps, it would be easier for us to relate or understand why people behave the way they do. Perhaps we’ll see them for the way they are.

I think colors have a way of camouflaging how we look at things or people. It makes us miss the very soul of who they are.

“I think every subject deserves to be treated as just what they are, an individual. It’s quite often I will think ‘this is going to look great in black and white’ though. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a black and white photograph and thought ‘that would look great in colour’.”

Dean Sherwood

Until next time,


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