27 September 2012

This time in Black and White

 I am pondering ! 
Colour or black and white ...

I have loved taking photos from the mid 1950's when, at the early age of eight, I was given my first little bakelite Kodak camera.
Back then it was a roll of black and white film and being ever so careful not to waste those precious shots !
I still have a photo I took of the rather insignificant skyline of the city of Perth from the War Memorial in Kings Park - it is a slightly blurry, grey and white sort of example typical of the time. 
There are also snaps of my first cat dressed in a bonnet in a doll's pram - poor creature ! 
There are school friends and family members styled with strategically placed flowers and furniture and my Mum looking the slightly surprised subject when ever I snuck up on her.
It's also fun to look back on photos of the various houses we lived in and holidays we took. 
It was such a thrill collecting the packet of photos, with the negatives tucked in the sleeve, after waiting a whole week to see if any turned out at all.

How all that has changed in the past 50 plus years ...

All my life I have been so influenced by colour and really do prefer to view the world in all its shades and hues. 
So since my photography course in Paris the question of black and white or colour has had me thinking about what works and when and why ...

Really, though, I guess the answer is quite simple - both work ...

Colour brings some photos to life and reminds you of just how it was at that exact moment in time and black and white has a particular aesthetic, shows the finer details and is timeless in its appeal.

Aren't we lucky to have the choice ?


  1. Love yr photos but prefer color..
    what kind of a camera are you using here?

  2. Thank you PB.
    I mostly prefer colour too, except, I guess, when the masters are at work, such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Doisneau and their pals ... this post was a bit of an experiment ...

    I use a Nikon and a little Leica D-Lux 5 which is always in my handbag - you never know what may grab your attention ! JB