I’d very much class myself as a black and white photographer. There are many photographers that produce black and white images but they often produce colour images regularly too. Yet you wont find a colour image on my website and would need to go back a while to find anything posted on the internet from me that is in colour. That being said last week I processed and posted a photograph in colour.
The photo went down very well on Twitter winning both weekly competitions that it was submitted too and getting more engagement than most of my images posted on social media. It was more popular than the other image I posted that day, an image that was certainly “one of mine”. As far as the two images go, I personally prefer the geometric black and white street photo. It’s what I do, it’s what I identify with and its what identifies my photographic style.
Having a style is important to me and I don’t think there is any place for colour photography in the style that I’ve found. I’m not against colour photos and I believe they will always be more popular than black and white photographs, certainly on social media. It’s the colours that catch people’s attention as they swipe through on their mobile phones, the vibrancy that triggers the need to like or give a generic comment.
So why colour on this one…
It was a very special morning, the first morning I’d managed to drag myself out of bed for sunrise, and what a morning to choose.
I was staying at a farm house in the middle of Tuscany. Not much around apart from other farms and the Town of Pienza, that could be seen in the distance. The sun was coming up but there was one big dark cloud in the sky that was blocking the light from flowing over the fields. As I waited for the sun to burn the cloud off a little mist started rolling in from the other direction, all I needed now was the sun to come through the cloud. The sun still struggled and the mist kept coming until after about 10 minutes I was standing in complete fog! I couldn’t see 2 meters in front of me, let alone the stunning views. In the space of about 2 hours the fog came and went about 4 times. This gave me plenty of opportunities to grab some photos. The sun had now burnt off the cloud and was giving some beautiful warm light when the fog wasn’t too thick. The fog itself flowing over the hills was so picturesque. Having been there and seen all of this I really wanted a photo to show and remember the morning. I felt the colour was a huge part of it so decided that on this occasion the photo was going to be a colour image.
Of course I have processed the same photograph in black and white. I’ll let you decide what one you prefer.
I’m not going to start producing colour photographs, I’m still very much a black and white photographer. That being said, you may see another colour image from me sometime in the next 5 years.
Some new images have been added to my Recent Images page. I will be adding more to this page and other pages soon.
See my latest work here: http://www.londonfineartphotography.co.uk/recent-images/