Because, despite a few recent experiments, I’ve all but given up colour photography, black and white has become my default palette.
In the past, when I’ve chosen to shoot b/w over colour for a particular photowalk, I’ve then been able to seek out the kinds of compositions and scenes that feel better suited to b/w.
But something I’ve noticed recently is when I see what I think is an interesting composition, it just gets captured in b/w, just because that’s my default (non) colour setting.
Not necessarily because it’s a composition and set of tones that particularly works well in b/w.
So, I’d like to get back to being more discerning and looking for the elements that can make b/w more powerful and memorable – such as light and shadow, shapes and textures.
To move away from “I think this is a great composition, and it’s ended up black and white because I don’t shoot in colour”, and back towards “I think this is a great b/w composition”.
How about you? How do you decide whether to shoot in b/w or colour, and then how does this influence the kind of subjects and compositions you seek out?
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