I’ve always loved black and white photography. Not really because it makes things “moody” (a color photo can be “moody” if done the right way), but because of everything it reveals: patterns, textures, blemishes, scars. It’s like looking at something in its raw state.
A few months after I turned to freelensing and never looked back, I switched a few of my photos to B&W and realized there was a whole new world beneath the surface of all that color. Like a parallel universe. After that, most of my photos became B&W, and then I started to shoot for the sole purpose of taking B&W, and began looking specifically for textures and shapes and patterns.
But somewhere around six months ago, it got into my head that I should be doing things in color. I practiced a lot with color editing in Lightroom, and I guess I did alright, but I never felt satisfied with my work. To me, color covers up those raw parts that only B&W can reveal.
Don’t get me wrong. Many photographers create beautiful works with color that are vibrant and/or deeply moving. And there is a time and a place for color photography. Like during the golden hour, or at a carnival, or when your kid’s face is painted like a cheetah but she’s dressed like a bumblebee…
But I shoot primarily for B&W and for so long I was self-conscious about it. Shouldn’t all photographers create magical works in both color and black and white?
Read a few articles in Click magazine a few days ago about black and white. And I realized it’s okay if I don’t want to live in the land of color photography. It’s okay if I want to do things in B&W.
It’s okay to block out the outside voices and just be myself.
Other than nature, my favorite subject is my daughter. She’s a natural in front of the camera, and doesn’t mind being herself. I love catching those lunch crumbs on her cheeks and the expression we like to call “stinkerface.” I rarely tell her to pose–she’s too ornery to pose, anyway–and instead just let her explore the world around her. For me, black and white intensifies these moments.
All photos © Lina Forrester