Milo Hess

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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 more like “ I will press the shutter when I see something that grabs me” to record that moment in time. It’s not usually preconceived. I create photographs the same way I would create art. It’s  to be creative… whether using a camera, digital design tool or traditional paint brush. Its the basic need to create..whether for myself or on assignment. Think we are influenced by visuals around us….subliminally. I guess since I have a design background and really have been taking photos from a young age it just comes naturally.My dad was a huge amateur photographer and probably inspired me to just “do it”

Why is black and white photography so important to our future in the art
world?

Black and white photography was the forerunner.. It has a purity about it. People always think of the bw photos of the masters as real photography…as art. It’s always going to be back to the future regarding this genre.. it’s not going away.