A Study In B&W: The Human Factor


When you photograph people in colour you photograph their clothes.  But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their souls!  ~Ted Grant

I am a fan of black and white photography. I love taking black and white shots of barns,barb wire fences, wood fence rolls, machinery, mechanical things and such. But people, not so much. With my digital cameras it seems to lack the depth I like and expect from a black and white shot of the human form. And with film I lack the depth of knowledge on how to take great black and white shot of the human form.

What follows are a few shots where I have dived in, head first, into the big end of the  black and white photography pool: The Human Factor.

This is was taken at a Birthday party for a friends young child. In color this shot would look silly but it just works in B&W

This was taken at my Brides Birthday diner. The restaurant sit inside an older building that just cries for one to take photos in B&W.

My wife was very gracious as she posed for this shot.I decry the fact my point and shot has lag time in the focus- till -ready- to- shoot moment of taking photos. She held very still. Nice.

In this shot I was hoping to capture the reflective posture of this young man. You be the judge of that but I like this shot very much.

I took this photo at a clay shoot and I like the simplicity of the lines in it.

My niece and her boyfriend after her high school graduation. The young man's hair is streaked and somewhat distracts from his face in the color shots I took. Not so in B&W.

The daughter of some good friends of ours was aware I was taking pictures. She just keep on playing and would stop for a nano second every once in a while so I could take a picture, then carry on the self appointed rounds of being a kid.

A friend of the Bride and mine directs plays at a local performance arts center. This was taken while she was in director mode. I think it is one of the best picture's of anyone I have ever taken.

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