Why……..Black and White Imagery?

As you’ll see, most of my work in Black and White. It is my passion and I love the way I can express a scene to give a mood or an emphasis that appeared to me in the moment. Some may called this “Art”, some my call it “manipulation”, and others may call it something else. To me, it is just me telling a story of a moment that I witnessed and hoping to do the beauty justice whilst doing so.

Having said that, when I first started photography and sometimes still, this subject kept coming up. “Why Black and White Landscapes?” was the common remark.

You have to understand that this was before I knew anything about Ansel Adams or other masters of the medium so it was difficult to answer then.

My photography colleagues used to debate with me that I was losing the essence of the scene by removing the colours – one called it “cheating the moment”.

For me, it was never a cheat or removing the essence of the moment – it added something ineffable to it and pinch of me to the ingredients. I would often go out to look for scenes that lended itself to Black and White but then found it too restrictive and not showing every scene at its best. I finally had to succumb to some (begrudgingly) colour imagery, but these are the images that I playfully call, “Failed Black and White’s”.

Anyway, whatever your point of view, I do hope you like what you see and maybe get some of the essence of the moment that I try so hard to portray.