Last weekend I wrote a bit about photographing flowers , more specifically about some very different approaches with some examples. Many of the examples were black and white, the logic being that black and white is one of several strategies that reduces visual clutter.
Photography is all about reduction and abstraction, a three dimensional scene is the starting point, then this gets compressed down to two dimensions, i.e. flattened and drastically shrunk. Stop here and we have a color photograph but take it a stage further and lose the color and we have monochrome, i.e. black and white. All of these steps involve the loss of information, the abstraction of the initial scene. In digital terms, something that would require many hundreds of millions of discrete bits of data to reconstruct has been reduced to a few million or less. This may sound like a lot but it is a tiny fraction of the initial amount.