A Few Words About Black & White

I have spent the past few weeks going through my original negatives, starting in 1968, looking for potential lost ‘gems’.  It has been an interesting process, re-living the black and white process that was the foundation of my budding photographic journey. I realize now what a valuable tool it was to shoot entirely in black and white as I believe it taught me to understand and see light in a different way. Lighting is so important because it becomes the primary means for your subject to stand out from a monochrome background. Though shooting almost entirely in colour now, I still hold a fondness for the rich blacks, the delicate whites and all the shades in between that can create powerful images.  

Roots - January 1972

Roots – January 1972

Freighters at Anchor - January 1972

Freighters at Anchor – January 1972

Lily - January 1972

Lily – January 1972



    • It’s going to be interesting to see how well b&w’s popularity stands up in the future. I’ve grown up with the transition of TV, movies, newspapers and magazines moving from b&w to colour. My photographic heroes and mentors were W. Eugene Smith, Dorthea Lange, Diane Arbus, Ansel Adams and others – all extremely innovative and gifted b&w photographers whose photography style was so distinctive that you knew who took the photo by just looking at it. Now we are surrounded by incredible photography coming at us in all directions, WordPress being a fine example, and the majority of photographs are in colour. I’m sure b&w will always have a place and I hope it isn’t dismissed too quickly. I know if my grandkids see a b&w movie come on TV they react like it is an old silent film and off it goes.

  1. I love b&w. Seeing the texture of your Roots photo. I can almost see a face hiding in the center. I don’t know if I would notice these things in color. I love the dark black of the Lily. Yes drama for sure!

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