As a photographer and a lover of art, I have always loved looking at a good black and white image.
I like how, sometimes, when you remove the color, the true intent of the image just pops out at you with power.
There is something in the simplicity of a black and white image that makes it feel complex — makes it something you can stare at for hours to find all the details.
At the recent Equine Photographers photography retreat in Wyoming, I felt several of the images come through my lens in black and white — even though they were made in color. That doesn’t happen as much any more – I spend more time in the colorful realm it seems.
Years ago, I used to buy black and white film to make a black and white image — I had to choose between black and white or color. With digital technology, you get to have both, so the image can tell you how it wants to be seen. Sometimes, I forget to listen. That’s what makes retreats like this one so powerful — you can take the time to really create, listen, feel the images.
Here are some more of the black and whites from this same photo shoot: