All Images Used With Permission of Kurt Gledhill. See more of his work at on Behance.
What makes black and white photography so important to you?
I am a big lover of art. I spend hours a day looking at many different art work either online, in books or in galleries. My favourite art medium is Charcoal, I love the deep blacks and the texture from the paper. I try to incorporate this into my black and white photography. I try to push the normal tonal range in my photos to try recreate the deep blacks and rich highlights of charcoal. This is why I love grain and noise too, its like the texture of the paper showing through.
What inspires you to create photographs?
Everything inspires me to take photos. If you check my portfolio you will see I don’t stick to one genre, I love all kinds of photos from a beautiful landscape, to portraits, to abstract, to street, and even macro. So just leaving my house I am instantly inspired by the people I see, of the way the sunlight hits a flower, the beautiful gesture of a tree, the motion and movement of the environment I’m in.
Why is black and white photography so important to our future in the art world?
Ah that’s a deep question, I don’t think I’m qualified enough to answer it. LOL.
I think that all kinds of art media is just as important as each other. Every medium has its own place. I feel that the future of black and white photography lies in the past. Studying old masters work will help inspire future generations of artists to keep pushing new and original ways of expression.