All images by Magdalena Pilecka. Used with permission. Photographer Magdalena Pilecka’s Black and White Stories series is an incredible collection of black and white images that strongly pull their inspiration from those classic silent horror films from the dawn of cinema. A time where there were no crazy sound effects or crazy special effects to blow a…
“So just leaving my house I am instantly inspired by the people I see…”
“The intricacy of the urban environment shows off the full tonal range of the greyscale palette from pure white to the densest of blacks.”
“We are creatures of emotion, and therefore, black and white is the most appropriate to express our feelings…”
“Black and White images can be strongest and more powerful than in color, black and white captures better the emotion…”
“…the crossroad looks like a chess board. The people and elements, chess pieces on top.”
Black and white photography creates an emotional connection between the viewer and the subject.
Website Flickr Instagram Facebook What makes black and white photography so important to you? To me, black and white photography is photography in its purest sense. The timeless and classic look always fascinates me. Also, in our daily life we have to deal with a lot of expressions and emotions. A monochrome photo, gives you…
“During creation you’re floating through all those different moods and thoughts and ideas and memories and feelings, that are swirling in you.”
“…I prefer the emotions that a photo is able to convey rather than a technically perfect picture without pathos.”
“…that’s the most beautiful thing in photography that always make everything new.”
In the tradition of the great street photographers of earlier decades, there are people all around the globe adding to the visual record of person, culture, place, and architecture and sharing it with their fellow photographers and humans.
“…I want to combine Mary Ellen Mark’s gentleness with Albert Watson’s intensity.”
We asked some of the industry’s leading street photographers about why they shoot in black and white.
In his early attempts to create his images Rothwell says that he would stay for some time shooting images, but that after a few interactions with security and the police he decided that it was best to just shoot a few images and then move on to avoid drawing any unwanted attention.
“If you can smell the street by looking at the photo, it’s a street photograph.”
Project and words by Jesse Struyvelt. Images used with permission. Website Project page If you enjoy content like this, be sure to back our Kickstarter! For over two years I’ve been photographing women to capture real emotion. Trying to reflect my own emotions and feelings towards them. It was my first choice to work with women for the series because they tend to have a higher level of empathy. During the project I’ve learned a lot about myself as a person, primarily being honest to myself about what I feel. It was necessary to take that step, to be able…
Website Flickr Be sure to support our Kickstarter Talk to us about how you got into photography. To make a long story short: back in the days of analog photography I was a wedding photographer, and after a long break when I have built my career as traditional artist painter and graphic designer, once digital photography came to the scene, I felt in love with photography again. It came naturally. When I was youngster in school, and after that in wild teenage years, even if itwas someone else’s camera, it would always end up in my hands. I was always…
All images by Daniel Zvereff. Used with permission. Website Instagram Be sure to support our Kickstarter! We’re in the middle and could really use more funding! If you like stories like this, you’ll be able to get all this and more with La Noir Image the magazine You’re a photographer that often shoots in color; and very vivid colors! So what creative choices typically make you shoot in black and white instead? I’m not quite sure if there is a straightforward decision in my mind when working on a project that steers me towards color or black and white. I…
All images by Lachlan Walker. Used with permission. Also please remember to fund our Kickstarter. Instagram: @lachlanjames_ Website; lachlanwalkercreative.tumblr.com My name is Lachlan Walker, I’m a 23 year old photographer from Melbourne, Australia. Photography is omething relatively new for me. Up until 2 and a half years ago I’d never touched a camera in my life. It was only when I met my girlfriend, who had always had a passion for photography, that I first picked up a camera. It was an old Nikon D3000, not much good on a technical level, but it was enough to spark my interest. A…