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Anybody can pick up a camera and take a picture, but it takes a skillfull photographer to utilize composition, exposure, and aperture to take a magnificent photograph. If you don’t agree check out this great quote by Sam Haskins.

“A photographer went to a socialite party in New York. As he entered the front door, the host said ‘I love your pictures-they’re wonderful; you must have a fantastic camera.’ He said nothing until dinner was finished, then: ‘That was a wonderful dinner; you must have a terrific stove.”

Just like a chef, a skilled photographer knows the secrets of the trade. They know the right measurements, ingredients, and methods to compose an extraordinary cuisine for your eyes. Photographer also view the world with a visual eye. This separates them from average people who are, at times, oblivious to the world around them. I know that might sound a bit condescending, but it’s true.

Sometimes a picture can look way better without its vivid colors. At times, colors can distract the viewers attention. I believe that’s what’s so great about black and white photographs. They grab your attention like a woman in a red dress and fill you mind with complexity and mystery about the subject. It’s an exhilarating treat.

Black and white photos bring out the essence of duality. They spark curiosity in the viewer’s eye by communicating powerful ideas and emotions. If you and I look at the same image, chances are we will feel different things. That kind of effect is very powerful, and that is what I love about it.

Here’s another rather interesting way to view black and white photographs. If an image had a soul it would be black and white. When you strip away the colors, you get to witness the real essence of the image. I know that might be a bit of an overkill, but I’m sure you can relate to that analogy.

For inspirational purposes we’ve gathered some incredible examples of black & white photography. The following images come from some of the most skilled photographers around. Enjoy!

Surfing Underwater by Tony Heff

Surfing Underwater by Tony Heff

Hearing Dog Puppy “Guy” by Paul Wilkinson

Hearing Dog Puppy "Guy" by Paul Wilkinson

The Wreck by Roger Dixey

The Wreck by Roger Dixey

Come With Me by Hubert Leszczy?ski

Come With Me by Hubert Leszczy?ski

Kinderdijk by Martin Jansen

Kinderdijk by Martin Jansen

Dark City by Daniel Cheong

Dark City by Daniel Cheong

Optimism by Jernej Lasic

Optimism by Jernej Lasic

Iron World by Joshua Zhang

Iron World by Joshua Zhang

Elbow Falls by Drew May

Elbow Falls Colourless

The Spin Cycle by T. Malachi Dunworth

The Spin Cycle by T. Malachi Dunworth

StreetBall by La Mo

StreetBall by La Mo

Who is the King? by Tomas Simoncik

Who is the King by Tomas Simoncik

They don’t, do you? by Hans Knikman

Just looking up...

Shipwreck by Mikko Lagerstedt

Shipwreck by Mikko Lagerstedt

Two Sides of Personality by Miki Takahashi

Two Sides of Personality by Miki Takahashi

Paris by Mikko Lagerstedt

Paris by Mikko Lagerstedt

Needle by Teemu Oksanen

Needle by Teemu Oksanen

Little fighters by Wolf Ademeit

Little fighters by Wolf Ademeit

Impression Yangshuo by Tonnaja Anan Charoenkal

Impression Yangshuo by Tonnaja Anan Charoenkal

Lost by Guy Cohen

Lost by Guy Cohen

Rain on 5th Avenue by Luke Bhothipiti

Rain on 5th Avenue by Luke Bhothipiti

Another Lone Tree by Philipp Klinger

Another Lone Tree by Philipp Klinger

My Family by Martin Bennett

Family

Now and Then by Betina La Plante

Now and Then by Betina La Plante

Smoker by Yaman Ibrahim

Smoker by Yaman Ibrahim

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Posted by Igor Ovsyannykov

I'm a digital nomad and entrepreneur bouncing around South East Asia. When I'm not working here, I'm out taking photos. Follow me on Instagram: @igorovsyannykov

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