“When you photograph people in colour, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph them in B&W, you photograph their souls!” – Ted Grant
Before even saying anything else… my sales in Fine Art Prints are app. 90% B&W. Why ?… it might have to do with the practical fact that B&W images are colour-neutral and fit with any interior design?… or because B&W photography is associated with more serious artistic expression than colourful postcards and posters?…. or maybe we are just over-fed with these super saturated ‘mountain-lake-sunset’ stereo types a la National Geographic or Coffeetable-Book?… B&W is a form of abstraction and without doubt helps to abandon reality for the benefit of a more personal, graphic and emotional point of view. It strips the image down to the basics and reveals the substance, forcing it to stand alone on form and composition. It helps us to abandon the label. As Claude Monet said: “In order to see freely, we must forget the names of what we are looking at.” Of course, if your theme is e.g. ‘fall’ or ‘autumn’, colour is essential. Colour can sometimes even be the subject itself. But in general we seem to be drawn to simplicity, minimalism and a degree of ‘non-reality’ or departure from reality, the basis for personal artistic expression, as opposed to mere documentation or technical skill. Mono-tonal imagery is one way of realizing this approach, offering a stronger visual and emotional impact.
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