Black and white photography

Black and white photography is, to me, the most captivating photography. 

Stripped back and pared down the image speaks volumes.

When I first learned photography at the age of 16, I developed my photos only in black and white.

Perhaps this explains my attachment and love for black and white. Watching images appear on the photo paper as I worked through the developing process was really quite magical.

I love colour too, but sometimes these days we are a little over saturated with it and can't appreciate the message or feel of an image because it screams at our senses.

A black and white image is quiet, unobtrusive and gentle.

It invites the eye to take it's time, to drink in the image and all it contains.

The classic timelessness of a black and white will never cease to appeal to me. 

I haven't been picking up the camera a great deal lately, the cold weather begs me to stay indoors at the loom or the wheel (and fibre is so warm!) But I have been going over some older images and re-editing in black and white. I'm really enjoying the process and seeing the images from a completely different aspect.

How about you? Do you like black and white too? What do you like (or not like so much) about it? 


sharine said...

I love black and white photos. They have a timeless quality about them and speak volumes:)

Sue Elvis said...


Your photos are stunning! Yes, I love B&W too. After looking at your photos, I want to play around with some of mine. Aren't we lucky? With digital photography, we can edit our photos in so many different ways. I remember when we had to choose either B&W film or colour. Now we can have both (and a whole lot more)!

Kelly Casanova said...

I totally agree Sharine :)

Kelly Casanova said...

Thank you for your encouraging and kind comments Sue, yes, we are very spoiled for choice and options these days!

Nanna Chel said...

Kelly, what beautiful photos. Yes black is white is certainly stunning. I am still to learn how to use my DSLR to take lovely photos like you do.

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