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    Why Black & White

    Just wondering what people's thoughts are on why they practice photography in black & white.

    What is the attraction or impetus to photograph in black & white?
    Follow the Light John 8:12
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    Black and white is for fine art. Color is for family snapshots and calendar art.

    Actually I take my family snapshots in black and white too. Call it the force of tradition.
    Charles Hohenstein

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    Because I like it! It reduces the confusion to more basic shapes, forms and tones. It can be beautiful.
    There are artists that make very beautiful pictures with charcoal, pencil, pen & ink, etc. This is in the same vein.
    Bruce

    Moma don't take my Kodachrome away!
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    Because I like it better than color.
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    I like it more. Somehow it is more natural to me to shoot B&W.
    Question should be: why color ?

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    Admittedly I would do mostly colour if the processing were as easy. But b&w does have strong added value, too- It can be just beautiful!

    I used to do *some* colour. Nowadays I consider colour an easy vicitim for d1g1t@l.

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    Because I suck at color... I find the black and white medium more receptive to processing alteration, where I am more free to shape the results. It's easier to realize what I want to do with what's in front of the lens. Color film and its process is much to strict a regimen for me. I need creative freedom, and only b&w provides it.
    I do use some color, but mostly just to shake it up a little.
    "Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank

    "Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman

    "...the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera". - Yousuf Karsh

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    First love. When I started photographing and messing around in a darkroom about 40 years ago it was black and white. After a lifetime of distractions I've returned.

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    I add a little Burnt Sienna in with my Lampblack -- does that make my carbon prints "color"?

    All seriousness aside, I like the way B&W simplifies.

    Vaughn
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    Colors can be distracting and take away from the artist’s vision. Black and white with its tonal range and smooth transitions between them really places the emphasis on the subject and composition. Tones and shades of gray are also used to bring out or emphasize certain areas in the image. Without the distractions the viewer is left to really absorb the image and think about what it has to say. The human eye also naturally gravitates to certain colors. Red, for example will always draw the eye to it. My approach is black and white unless the color is an integral part of my vision and what I’m trying to say.
    ~Bill
    "Real Art is a Thin Breath Exhaled Amidst a Struggle in the Mind"
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