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. Whether the image is a depiction of a specific detail, a scenic landscape or a fog shrouded hillside, black and white photography brings 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.
Portraits are not always about faces, but of course facial expressions tell a story with a glance at the camera. Often, the best portrait is one that captures something explicit about the subject. It can be a feeling of intense thought, reverie or mood. There are times, though, when a personality is evident in a particular detail. In the photo to the right, you can guess before seeing his face in the next photo that Charlie McIntyre is one hard-working cowboy!