With more time this winter to work on my photography, I am finding an increasing desire to work in black and white. Color is so seductive that a pretty hue on a flower or a sunset can turn my head so completely that I will fudge composition, balance and context just so I can use some gorgeous hue. Color in photography is like using glass in sculpture it can capture the observer so completely that an ordinary work can become special just by its presence.
Take away color and the photographer’s “wiggle room” is lessened. Tonality assumes a very important role and proper balance becomes critical.
And even in scenes where color is muted and not likely to cause the photographer or the viewer to misinterpret its importance, taking it away helps emphasise what really is there.