Black & White vs Color – Joel Meyerowitz thoughts
This is always an interesting question – to use color or black and white in a photograph?
What are we trying to describe and which does it best?
Check out the recent article and images in the New York Times Lens blog, where they revisit an essay, “A Question of Color” written by Joel Meyerowitz (included in his newest (wonderful, I’m lusting for it) publication “Joel Meyerowitz: Taking My Time.”)
Joel demonstrates his thoughts with 6 images that are in both color and black and white, so you can see/feel/tell your own story of which impacts you more and how.
The image captions are interesting – overall Joel prefers these in color, although originally when they were shot, a few he preferred in black and white.
I’m with him for most, the color definitely telling more of a story to me and the details having more impact – but the last one (#6) I prefer in black and white, and possibly #5 also.
Color vs b&w. A continuing discussion that seems to encourage strong opinions. Both have their place.
B&w has a simplifying ability that color trends not to. Painting generally leaves much out. The point is then made better.
With color simplification Is harder. But other stories become available. The harmonies can be simplifying. The can tell a story or amplify the message.
And is color bright or subtle? I find bright color so often is used to cover up weaknesses in the picture.
For my part I prefer to work in color. B&w simply isn’t my aesthetic. But my color world is muted to the point of desaturation. That’s what I see and think it generally encourages one to think about the picture more; somewhat like b & w does.
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Yes, I agree, color can be powerful and it also can cover weaknesses if one doesn’t stay aware and work with intention. Your comment supports the overall importance of always knowing why you’re making choices and if your finished image truly reflects what you’re feeling/thinking/expressing. Thanks for your sharing your thoughts.