I've heard it said that you aren't good, until you are good in B&W; that color can be used to "cheat" by distracting the eye.
I don't know if I would go quite that far. But I do love good B&W, because it allows me to focus on lighting and shapes/composition.
I like good color photography, as well. I just prefer to work in B&W. Perhaps it is because the addition of color adds more complexity than I can handle successfully. Who knows?
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