For a photographer, it is well known that innovative styles come in every once in a while for example levitation techniques; but with the onset of time they wear out and another style takes its place. Nonetheless, there is one style that we never had the heart to let go of and that is black and white Portrait Photography. Call it ‘evergreen’ or perhaps timeless; here are a few things that we put together that can prove why black and white is so special:
Colors sidetrack elegance:
while colors may make a photo stand it, it is the same colors that are such a diversion that they make the true essence of the photo lost in its vibrancy. The black and white portrait photographers need not worry about whether the color of the person’s shirt matches that of the car behind or if the makeup goes well with the wall in the back; they direct their energies purely to an exceptional shot that blurs all distractions and focus on one thing i.e. the person.
They exude sentiments:
As stated above, colors are distracting. If you look at a portrait with a person in it, you shall be interested in the lip color and focus on the hair streaks. But a black and white portrait ends all that, making the photo monochrome. You see the person directly; you connect with them on a level that is more personal, more unique. You can sense what they are feeling, what their faces reveal and what the eyes are hiding. Colors mask this all.
The point we all know already, black and white portraits are elegant. Since we all associate black and white to history, it automatically adds a bit of curiosity to the person looking at the picture. The shades, the hues and the tones look elegant because they show off a person’s being without the intrusion of color. It’s like they are almost bare.
It climaxes everything:
Black and white portrait photographers know just what to do; they focus on the person’s best feature. For instance, if a girl’s eyes are beautiful the photographer will make sure that they are showing off well in the black and white setting with the best combination of Grey all around to highlight them. This makes people notice it more, than what they would have observed in a colorful setting.
It makes us all free of judgment:
Is your hair brown or Grey? Is your eye color blue or green? Are you wearing a Mac lipstick or is your dress from a thrift store? No one can ever know because black and white portraits hide it all, and focus on who you are essentially i.e. a human. It makes us realize that beneath all those skin tones, those eye colors, those clothes and those personalities, we all are more similar than we can ever imagine because we all are indeed one specie.
Ah, that sums up why black and white Portrait Photography is still ruling our hearts!