Purity

October 30, 2014

BW photo of restaurant umbrellas.

Copyright 2014 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Purists argue that B&W photography forces a greater adherence to the fundamental constructs of photography:  overall composition and the finer details of shape, form, texture, and lighting.  There is also nothing quite like seeing an image appear as the paper soaks in the developing tray-“magical” is a cliché, but it surely fits.  Those were two of the main reasons for my enjoyment of traditional (meaning film and chemical) B&W photography and processing.

Digital changed that.  In fact, I started shooting digital for only two reasons:  the first was that so many photography students were making the change and (I felt) it was important to keep current with the technology when teaching the craft.  The second reason was for aesthetics-I could continue to work in B&W without needing access to a darkroom and working with the chemicals.  I do have a deep appreciation for the manner in which B&W photography imposes a discipline in subject selection and the resultant rendering of a scene.  The use of over-saturated colour cannot be a crutch when working in black, shades of grey, and white. Photographic purity indeed.

BW photograph of Baltimore City from Fells Point.

Copyright 2014 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

It is for these reasons that there has been an increase in the number of B&W photographs illustrating the posts recently.  There will still be colour as it is now fall and the leaves have been turning but B&W is immensely satisfying.

Take care.

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