There is no doubt that monochrome images are on a come back. Youngsters grow up in an era of color and rediscover the beauty of monochrome images.
Watch the video with lots of pictures.
When asked, why they adore Black and White photography. the answer is very often . It’s kind of cool.
My view on this trend ?
It is not just a trend. Not only customers and photographers, have noticed the increased interest in monochrome photography. Camera producers, such as Phase One, developed Black and white cameras. fitted with sensors without a color pattern filter. Resulting in pure Black and white captures, with extreme detail.
As I stated before; it is not just a trend. it is so much more.
It’s forgiving and universal. no matter if you shoot portraits, landscapes, urban or architecture
Color photography is very sensitive to different light situations. And subject to a correct White Balance. A mix of different light sources can make it, extremely difficult to get correct colors.
Black and white photography has no issue with the White Balance. Its all about contrast, light or no light. Even in low light conditions it works. Perfect in creating a moody atmosphere.
Colors are terribly distracting if not applied right. It takes the focus away from the main subject. As a portrait photographer, I often tend to lower the saturation. As the color fades away the images starts to speak. It gets character. Yes ,it is stripped back, it is Spartan, raw but most of all it is honest showing the true person.
Computer screens are flooding the viewer’s retina with millions of colors. And yet, Monochrome offers so much variety in what can be achieved.
Black and White sounds boring. Fact is that there are so many shades in between. And I do not mean fifty shades of gray. Today’s camera’s with 14 or even 16 Bit sensors offer a very high dynamic range with millions of gray shades. The challenge is to bring them all out in an image.
The creative process with black and white images is artistic. It’s like molding clay. You can shape it into a myriad of shapes. Images can be strong, high contrast and powerful. or they can be soft, gentle and subtle.
Of course the black and white versus color debate is a very personal one. For every person I asked. “who loves shooting monochrome. There are others who much prefer the vibrancy of color photography.