Black & White


When I deliver a gallery I always choose some pictures to be in black and white and someone asked me the other day how I choose which pictures to change. Ya know, I never really thought about it. So I started going through my galleries and looking at the pictures and I noticed a pattern.

The pictures I change show real emotion or details.

Then I saw this quote:

"When you photograph people in color, you see their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you see their souls."

-Ted Grant

It's so true. Look at this picture and think of what you see...

If you are like me then you see the colors of the flowers behind them and how beautiful they are. You might even notice how well the mom's dress matches those flowers. (and if you are really ocd like me you notice the few yellow leaves in the background)

But now look at this one.....

What do you see?

I see a genuine moment between a mother and daughter. A real smile because mom knows how to make her little girl giggle. You don't care any more that they are coordinated with the flowers but instead treasure this moment.

Let's try another....

What do you notice in this picture?

I see a very well color coordinated, adorable family in spring green grass.

However, I didn't even see the adorable expression on the little boy's face in the back until I turned the picture black and white. Now you only focus on emotion. The absolute love of this amazing family.

They are the moments between family members when they don't seem to remember I am there.

Or the tiny toes of a newborn.

The cute little freckles...

or the daddy letting go for one of the first times to watch his little girl take some of her first steps.

The moments that I choose to change are ones that steal your heart and don't need anything added to them to make them special.

"Photography is about capturing souls, not smiles."

-Dragan Tapshanov

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