So, what am I doing with black and white? I'll copy my raw musing from the comments at this morning's post:
Why black and white?That's written more roughly than what I put on the front page here generally. I hope you understand.
I experiment, tweaking each picture in different ways. Sometimes I like what black and white does.
When does that happen?
1. When the color elements are random or distracting or loud or inconsistent with the mood/theme of the picture.
2. When the shapes and forms are good and you want to give them maximum prominence.
3. Sometimes cutting out the color seems to unify everything.
4. Cutting out the color can give the picture a timeless or historical look or a profundity that works.
I'm drawn to black and white in these pictures as a way of eliminating the casual "picnic" feeling and making things seem more serious and significant.
By the way, my Tea Party pictures are notably neutral. I'm not promoting or criticizing these people with my photographs. I'm observing them and presenting them for what they are. I hope you appreciate that.
Here's an interesting comparison between black and white and color: black & white and color. It makes a big difference, doesn't it?