There is a drama that black and white photography captures in a way that can be mysterious and intriguing. The image relies on the balance and depth of black into white, and shades in between, to bring an emotional reaction to the viewer, and to bring an artistic sensibility to photographic images.
There are times when a photograph relies on color! With saturated hues or muted tones, a photo conveys a specific emotion and the vibrancy of a particular bit of nature, a glowing sunset or peaceful seascape. Capturing the essence of an event often depends on color to express the spirit of the moment.