Many photographer friends have often asked me why I don’t shoot very much black and white. I have always wondered that myself, as I am fascinated by many of the monochrome images that they create.
Maybe it’s because I simply don’t see the appeal in images that are devoid of color, or I might be afraid that my images might lose the power or pop that color gives them. Who knows… The fact is, I haven’t learned to appreciate it the way this medium probably deserves.
However, this summer I popped in some Agfa XP 100 and some Ilford Delta 100 into my camera and was curious to see the results. When I got my scans back, not only was I pleased, I was beyond excited to try some more! I loved the contrast, the textures… And that light!
I suppose it’s just a question of practicing it more and learning to appreciate it and I will surely do that from now on. My goal for this school year is to throw in a roll of black and white film for every three that I shoot in color – let’s see how it goes!
And you, what do you prefer, color or black and white? Leave me some comments, I’ll be curious to know what you think.