While reality is composed of a bewildering array of shades of colour and hue, black and white images strip a scene to its gray emotions, and convey a feeling divorced from the reality we live in. Often stark, monochrome images can also convey a singular warmth without distraction. It allows the viewer to experience their own interpretation of the scene as well as the photographer’s.
There is a confusion about what fine art photography is, both amongst photographers and within the public domain as a whole. To some it is simply an excellent photograph. This would include both photojournalism and a lucky family snap. But fine art photography is more than that, and I can say it no better than Brian Rivera:
Fine art photography … is first and foremost about the artist. It is not about capturing what the camera sees; it is about capturing what the artist sees.1
Welcome to my Black and White world!