I love brilliant colors in photography. I mean, there’s nothing like a technicolor, laser beam, disco holiday season. See…..
It’s a laser beam Christmas! “Luke I’m your father, and this is the Christmas tree I got for our family.”
But, for me, black and white still has its appeal. Stripping away the color can help the viewer focus more on the shapes and forms of the image. It’s great for expressing solitude, and I think black and white can also be useful in creating a sense of the grandness and developing a sense of the sublime.
Here are a few black and white shots I took recently.
I was exploring some of the rural area of eastern North Dakota between Fargo and Grand Forks during a recent photography excursion when I came upon this snow formation. I almost drove past it. Actually, I did drive past it, and then thought better of it and backed up. I’m really glad I did. This worked well in black and white (I think) for at least a couple of reasons. First, the color wasn’t really particularly interesting and didn’t really add much. Secondly, it’s the shape and form of the subject that makes this photo, and the black and white strips out the extraneous color information, leaving that raw form behind. It may also help to emphasize the texture of the surface of the snow as well.
I was on that same outing when I took this photo of a building in a field. It’s not a house. I don’t really know what it is. But it looks home-like. In this image, the black and white emphasizes the solitude of the subject and the openness of the area. The black and white palette may also help to bring out the hard contrast between the white snow and the rich, dark soil.
This is a totally different sort of subject matter, but still, obviously, in black and white. The black and white helps the hard shadow on the wall work against the transparent lightness of the orbs in the foreground. This image has very little to do with the subject, per se. It’s all about the shape of the subject and so, again, black and white helps focus the viewer on the forms and shapes, as such, instead of the subject as whatever it actually is (in this case a decoration on a lampstand).
Thanks for taking the time to check out my photos. Hope you enjoyed them. Let me know what you think. You can see more of my photos here.