above images ⓒ SWS
If I’m forced to choose, black and white images almost always win out for me, although I’ve posted the above example because I’m less sure here… I keep wavering!
I think Diana Eftaiha sums up the appeal of mono images well when she says:
Vibrant saturated colors can very easily steal the spotlight away from the more important elements of a particular image, while working within a more restricted palette means putting more emphasis on the true nature and value of a given image.
Black and white photographs often have more impact, especially in a world some may say is already over-saturated with colour. I think portraits in particular resonate more powerfully in mono, which adds a layer of complexity and timelessness to the subject. A black and white portrait seems to better convey the story of a person’s lived experience somehow.
Candy cigarette (1989)
As an aside, I’ve long admired the second image, Naptime… the wonderful tones, the play of light and shadow, the gaze directly engaging the viewer, the froth of tulle – so evocative of the hot, lazy, soporific summer afternoons of childhood when all you wanted to do was nothing at all…
But I digress.
Do tell… which resonates best with you – colour or black & white?