I know we have talked about it before in the black and white wedding blog, but what about photos in general, what makes someone chose a black and white photo over the same photo in color? There are several reasons for this with the most obvious being just your preference.
When I take photos, I like to add a little bit of black and white photos here and there for my clients. Sometimes I like to even include black and white with a touch of color. I do this for two reasons; my clients seem to enjoy it and it makes me stand out.
I have a few theories about why we like black and white photos, but my main one is the nostalgia of it. I love seeing the reactions I get from clients about their black and white photos. Especially when it reminds them of their grandmother or their grandfather. Doesn’t “Jean” look like grandma in that photo? Or seeing someone’s eyes light up when they realize that black and white photo isn’t their baby picture but their new grandsons baby picture. We all know that we love going down memory lane especially when it makes them relive a good memory.
I don’t care what people say, black and white photos are also artistic. It has the feeling of art. Take a picture of something as simple as your hands, then turn it black and white. The wrinkles pop out a bit more, the freckles really seem to come out of the page. It almost feels like a drawing or time travel.
Sometimes black and white photos fit the time. Take a picture of a 1955 Chevy Belle Air. Yeah, it’s nice in color, it looks beautiful in fact. Now turn it black and white. It brings you back to another time, to another period, to a life that was less complicated then it is right now.
I don’t care who you are, your age, your upbringing, what ever the circumstances. Go outside and take a picture. Turn it black and white, see what it does to your mind. What places will you go today? I couldn’t image my studio without some good old black and white photos hanging on the wall. It kind of just makes me smile and we can all stand to smile right now.