The most colorful thing in the world is black and white, it contains all the colors
and at the same time excludes all.
I get asked a lot if I only give, show, provide, and offer black and white photography. The answer:
As an artist, I made this executive decision to better showcase how I capture life. I love how a black and white image can cut to the chase in telling you all about a scene. It strips distractions and lets you focus on the light, the subject, the mood, and emotion of a millisecond of time. Monochromatic images for me speak a truth and raw-ness that color can often hide. There is a nuance and a lasting forever element that I adore.
Even more than the semantics above, black and white imagery is timeless!
As a follow up to this question, I get asked if I photograph my daughter and family in the same way. Again, my answer:
Don't get me wrong. I really do like color. I often don't have a favorite, and I love seeing it everywhere. It is something I am growing to really enjoy here in Richmond, Va. There is street art all over the place which means there is color everywhere! Pictures, for me, are the capturing of emotion, touch, light, and memories which are best shown in black and white.
Above you see a screen shot from a recent birth followed my another screen shot of images of my daughter. Notice how you are drawn to the subject and emotion of the image rather than trying to focus on colors?
Deep thought for this post: Life is nothing but black and white with ALL of the shades of grey in between. The grey is hard to live in, but also the most fun! Similarly, Ralph Emerson said, "life is a journey, not a destination!"
With grit and grace,