Black and White Photographs

Building up Steam by J. Binford-Bell

Black and white is a time worn photographic tradition. Regardless of how great color has become especially in this digital age and how we can play with it until it becomes more like a painting than a photograph photographers are continually drawn back to the elemental nature of black and white.

Waiting for Spring by J. Binford-Bell

Some subjects like the two photographs above do not have a wealth of rich color to begin with so taking the little color there is out of the image makes for a stronger composition. With the spider web below the green background had been a distraction so making it black and white made the delicate dew jeweled web more evident in the picture.

September Spider Web by J. Binford-Bell

Shy Bells by J. Binford-Bell

But flowers seem to require color, so taking out the color seems at first a betrayal until the structure of the flower begins to seduce the viewer.

Mirror Image

Sitting on the Fence

Reflections in Black and White

Waiting for the Rain

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