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Love: Exploring A Relationship in Monochrome

All images by Nathan Hostetter. Used with permission. “I wanted to show the relationship dynamic of a blue collar man and his white collar girl.” says photographer Nathan Hostetter when he emailed La Noir Image to showcase his project. This relationship isn’t a typical one though.   "The male subject comes from the working class and is adjusting to his new upscale life, and the woman is used to getting her way. The series reflects on the man alone, and the thoughts and emotions of two people that love each other, even if they don’t always understand one another.“  Don’t forget…

InfraRed Sox

“In his images from an infrared converted camera, players’ uniform numbers and names seemingly disappear, giving a fresh slate to the upcoming season.” Via the Boston Globe

Giuseppe Milo

The Faceless project What makes black and white photography so important to you?  Black and white allow me to emphasize shadows and light in my pictures. I love to give them a dramatic, cinematic feeling. Monochrome allows me to have a high level of contrast in my pictures which I like. Black and white is also a part of me. I like extremes and there is nothing more extreme than a black and white picture with high contrast. What inspires you to create photographs?  Movies and tv series. As I said, I really like to give my pictures a cinematic…

Mariangela Gavioli

Flickr What makes black and white photography so important to you? I see in colors but I feel in B&W.  As well as when I dream.  All my dreams are in black and white . I don’t remember one in color B&W can convey me . The simplicity and, at the same time, the complexity and nuances of whites and blacks can “make clear” the reality and life. What inspires you to create photographs? People, details, light, dark … life … everything that surrounds me.Every day something catches my attention: it can be a normal situation or extraordinary. It does not matter. Everything…

Rinzi Ruiz

WebsiteTumblrFlickrTwitterInstagram What makes black and white photography so important to you? Black and white photography is important to me because it was black and white photographs that drew me into the world of photography in the first place and when I really got into it I learned a lot about photography in general just by working in black and white. It helped me see the importance of light and that of shadows and allowed me to express emotions and moods that I was feeling.  What inspires you to create photographs? Many things inspire me to create photographs but these three…

Walter Rothwell

Website Street photography International What makes black and white photography so important to you? It’s how I see, I react to light, shape and tone more than colour and have always found this exciting, it allows us, as photographers, to interpret our environment in a way that only we are seeing. Secondly, I’m a film photographer and darkroom printer, the two halves become one creative process and the satisfaction of looking at a carefully crafted silver print is still special. Black and white photography requires thought, consideration and work, the negative is the foundation but must be built upon. The…

Luigi Brozzi

Website – What makes black and white photography so important to you? Black&White photography has been for me a long, slow travel, and I feel it won’t ever end. My time as a photographer is spent for the most to fulfill the requirements my clients ask for, and to teach photography, so I never have as much time as I would to develop my personal projects, and although I have the immense luck to join job and passion, on the other side my head and my heart are more and more stuffed with thoughts and wishes I can’t carry on…

Adam Griffith

What makes black and white photography important to you? The importance of black and white photography to me lies in the simplicity of the overall initial image itself while allowing for complexity to emerge through the combination of the composition, lighting, and subject that each photograph reveals. It takes away the colors that we are accustomed to seeing throughout our daily life and brings about a new way of “seeing” the world we walk through each day.  What inspires you to make photographs? Traveling through different countries and experiencing the variety of cultures inspires my photography. By living and working…

Clay Benskin

Instagram What makes black and white photography so important to you? That’s how I see.  What inspires you to create photographs? Life  Why is black and white photography so important to our future in the art world? It just is.

Ian Pettigrew

Website What makes black and white photography so important to you? It’s the truth. Simple as that. What inspires you to create photographs? An undeniable urge to make art. Its uncompromising, and unrelenting. Its horrible sometimes.Its consuming. Why is black and white photography so important to our future in the artworld? BECAUSE BW is uncompromising. Its the truth, its life stripped away. Its the bare essentials.

Claudia Bordeleau

Website What makes black and white photography so important to you? Black and white photography is timeless. Its communication at is finest, a simple way of transmitting the forms that shape our thoughts without interference. Information is available directly without any distraction, without any mood or sensation created by color. I can compose to show only what I experience in  terms of light. I want others to see my truth, one I can create and that isn’t their usual. What inspires you to create photographs? The concept that there is no of present nor future, that I can captures the…

Jorge Miño aka Raskolnikov

Website Flickr What makes black and white photography so important to you? It is difficult to explain but more than probably the fact that most of the photographs that have really impacted me from the masters are in B&W. I read from one of them that when you photograph someone in color you get his/her dress but when doing in B&W you get his/her soul. When I first saw one of my all-time favorite photo: Sally Man – Candy cigarette (http://theredlist.com/wiki-2-16-601-799-view-existentialism-profile-mann-sally.html) I was completely mesmerize by the expressiveness and all the story behind her eyes and behind the whole image.…

Milo Hess

Instagram FolioHD Facebook What makes black and white photography so important to you? BW photography because it strips away all the unnecessary layers of distraction allowing the viewer to really look at what is going on. Not in a cursory nice color…what App did you use? kind of way but texture, light, shadow and most of all content and expression.  In a meat and potatoes…. less is more kind of way. Thinking about it I was brought up in a traditional bw darkroom and that’s a hard habit to break. What inspires you to create photographs? Inspiration for me is…

Robin Wong

Blog FB Page What makes black and white photography so important to you?Black and white photography works predominantly well for street photography, which I do frequently on the streets of Kuala Lumpur. Taking out the colour instantaneously removes unnecessary distraction, creating a simpler outcome with more emphasis on the content of the photograph; the main idea, message and the story in it. I strive to accomplish simplicity in my photography, thus black and white greatly enhances that approach. Further to that, I shoot street portraits, both environmental and close up people shots, hence the black and white amplifies the human…

Matthew Seratti

Website What makes black and white photography so important to you? Black and white images are the best way for me to capture what it feels like when I take a picture. The mood and emotion I felt are “why” I took the picture at that exact moment and black and white images remove the distraction of color. While I enjoy color images from others, when I’m out on my own taking pictures I’m not attracted to bright or complementary colors, I’m attracted to shadows, perspective, moods, and contrasts. What inspires you to create photographs? I am inspired to take…

Seth Duimstra

Website What makes black and white photography so important to you? Black and white photography just speaks to me more than color. Theres a character to it that is timeless and to me you’re able to see the focus of the image much better verse being distracted by the additional colors. What inspires you to create photographs? I feel that I see things/people differently than others and I just want to share this with others, like a glimpse through my eyes. Why is black and white photography so important to our future in the art world? As said before Its…

Iwona Pinkowicz

Website Instagram What makes black and white photography so important to you? Black and white photography plays a big part in my creativity as a street photographer. Even though I shoot in both black and white and colour I often choose the former to emphasise the emotions of the subject or highlight the beautiful light, shadows and shapes that cities provide. Removing distractions that colour can sometimes bring into an image allows the viewer to focus on the subject more. Without the choice of shooting in black and white, I wouldn’t always be able to highlight what it was that…

Nicholas Goodden

Website Street Photography London Blog What makes black and white photography so important to you?  It’s important to me as managing black and white tones takes real skill, more than just pressing “desaturate” in Photoshop.   Although it could be said that anything looks better in black and white, a carefully thought and crafted black and white photo has an effect on people I can hardly see equaled by anything in colour.   I think like in any creative pursuit there will be poor examples of course. Too often photographers don’t get that it’s not just black and white but a very…

Matt Hill (NSFW)

Website National Parks at Night Instagram  Twitter What makes black and white photography so important to you?Black-and-white photography is a challenge to the viewer to regard the image differently from color photography. It’s never an accident – it’s a signal of intent.The ubiquity of color photography has a created dichotomy. On one hand, it’s incredible that photography is accessible and fun for anyone with a smartphone (or camera). On the other hand, with near-universal access, there is no scarcity to photography whatsoever anymore – at least in its digital form. So how does one begin to express a personal belief…

Gretchen Robinette (NSFW)

GRETCHEN ROBINETTE Photographer Tumblr What makes black and white photography so important to you? Black and white photography is what first inspired me to pick up a camera, shooting 35mm film. It felt like I could create my own world by removing the color, yet still remain rooted in reality, not fantasy. Unlike people who learned photography from the internet, but I took an entire semester course called The Zone System, formulated by Ansel Adams, that teaches you how to see every color, in any temperature, or type of light, as a specific shade of grey on the Zone System…