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?