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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!