Black and white is the eternal beautiful colour…
– Nihar Pradhan
In this colourful world of beauty and its beautiful expression of myriad colour, it has been with the passage of time and with the increasing grip of colour, we have instinctively undermined the very power of black & white. ‘Black & White’ is also a colour and this colour looks stunningly beautiful and beautifully so in the art form of photography.
Though our eyes see in colour, monochrome is always timeless. There is always an intrinsic eternity emanating from the content of ‘black & white’ context. The eye glued to colour needs to be periodically retrained to appreciate the fundamental colour of ‘black & white’. It is inherently nostalgic because it is characteristically archaic.
‘Black & White’ photography is a singular art, as the ‘Black & White’ photography needs an imaginative eye and artistic hand to capture the essence and make a sense of the scene. Black & White photography plays with shades of gray and tones of contrast…tonal contrast are important in photography but it is more significant in black & white photography in particular.
Patterns and textures are critical aspects of ‘black & white’ photography, so are shapes, lines and of course the lighting…a perfect blend of all these aspects makes ‘black and white’ photography an art. Similarly, there are many combinations that can be tried.
I tried my hand in playing with the different aspects of contrast, positions, closer view, distant view, wave pattern, shadows & shades. It was the scene of setting sun in the background, still river in the foreground and trees without leaves in between these two grounds…here are few of the sample shades of ‘black & white’ painting of photography is the way I would prefer to portray and project.
How significant is ‘black & white’ as colour in our life?