This month I’ve been finding myself drawn to black and white photography and questioning why I don’t shoot and share more images in black and white. If I look through my bookcase I most of my photography books are black and white, if I buy a photo magazine it’s always Black + White Photography. There was even a time, a few years ago, when I considered only shooting in black and white, so why do I do so little of it now?
As I’ve started to shoot more and more still life I’ve started to love colour more and that’s certainly contributed to me producing less black and white work. But there’s a part of me that wonders if I’ve allowed myself to be subconsciously influenced by social media. Black and white images are never as popular as colour, which is completely understandable, a quick scroll on your phone and a colourful image screams for your attention. And while I know that the popularity of an image is in the hands of an algorithm and no reflection on image quality it’s easy to slip into a habit of sharing the images you know are likely to perform better.
One of my goals for this year is grow as a photographer and paying too much attention to social media doesn’t really help with growth. So I’m aiming to create and share more black and white and I’m starting with this blog post!
This month’s images were all taken on my new Fuji camera, it’s the first time in a long time that I’ve used my Lensbabies on a crop sensor and I have to say I’m very happy with the results.
All images are taken with the Velvet 56 apart from the fourth one which is the Burnside 35. Textures used are from my Glorious Greys and the new Collection No 3, both available from my Etsy Shop.
Next up in this month’s blog circle is Ute with some fantastic portraits, please click here & then follow the links around the circle for some Lensbaby inspiration!