A Black and White Photographer?
More often than ever now I’m finding that others are referring to me as a black and white photographer which may or may not be a good thing from a marketing perspective. It is a pigeonholing that makes me a little wary as I do not regard myself as a black and white photographer, I regard myself as a photographer who tries to make the best choice at the time.
If there is a difference between my approach and some others, it is probably that I default to black and white whereas others may default to color and only go black and white if say, the tonal difference or composition is very strong and would benefit from a monochrome approach. I work the other way around and treat color as something that should only be used when it is the main reason for the shot and not purely incidental. If it is incidental then black and white is the way to go.
This is perhaps why it is so hard to work with nature and food in monochrome – color is such a big part of the story in both cases. After all, as the saying goes we eat with our eyes and color in nature conveys so much information about the scene. Black and white photographs can work in both these situations but only when the function of the food photograph is not to make you want to eat the food and the season is an irrelevant detail in the nature photograph.
Maybe I am a black and white photographer.