『Black And White Image』
Every now and then, I feel like discussing this style of photography. Photography and black and white imagery developed earlier overseas, and the general public’s acceptance of it is higher. As a result, the number of photographers who shoot in this style is also higher.
In Taiwan, in the early days, black and white imagery was predominant due to the absence of color displays. What I want to say is about the present time, where we already have color images, black and white imagery is still limited by traditional beliefs. (I don’t want to discuss this further, so let’s stop here).
Black and white images are not only created by applying a preset or using the automatic black and white tones in LR or Photoshop (although it can be).Technically speaking, the presentation of black and white images is not limited to simply applying standard black and white tones. It can also be approached in a more in-depth and intricate manner, focusing on details during the photography process.
I’m not here to teach how to post-process images or claim that black and white images are impressive. Of course, I can do that if my goal is to create a perception of a skilled photographer. I can certainly talk about how to create and capture black and white images.(Of course, teaching this knowledge without a purpose is also possible. Things are not black and white.) However, I think what is more important is: teaching people to understand black and white images.
The majority of people do not pursue photography as a profession, it is merely a hobby, a small part of their lives. What they need to learn is not just how to take photos, how to edit them, but to have a broader perspective and to appreciate and admire black and white images with more diverse angles of thinking.
I start from my own perspective, hoping to offer some ideas to everyone.
Black and white images, without colors, provide a more focused experience without color distractions. When viewing these images, it is easier to feel the emotions and sensations they convey. Yes, when I watch images, I usually ‘see’ them through my senses.The so-called through sensation is a way of observing without magnifying details, somewhat like wearing glasses with insufficient prescription, making the view somewhat blurry, only able to see outlines, color distribution, and brightness differences, and then, I can further assess or judge the present image based on the visuals I have seen in my mind, to determine whether it is something I like or am interested in. I can then choose to continue examining it in detail or move on to the next one.
I wonder if everyone can accept such an explanation. If there are any amazing black and white images that you’ve seen, please recommend them to me. I believe that I still haven’t seen enough, and it’s always beneficial to expand my mental database by seeing more.