black and white

Photographs from wedding at Lissanoure Castle

Photographs from wedding at Lissanoure Castle

Bride departing for wedding reception at Lissanoure Castle

For this week’s image I thought I would pick this photograph of Gillian getting into the wedding car just after her ceremony with Matt at Lissanoure Castle. I shot this photograph in 2012 but it’s still one of my favourites. And I was thinking about how if it had been in colour the feeling in the photograph would perhaps have been overpowered by the colour of her flowers or the little pink confetti stars that had landed in her hair. This picture is all about how the form of the lines and shapes of the car window and door and the little specks of raindrops still visible on the car window that you can see on the edges of the frame combines with Gillian’s smile as she slides across the seat into the car for the short drive up the lane to the reception. I think all of that feeling would have been lost if the picture was in colour – the black and white photograph is a lot more impressionistic.

Anyway, here’s a few more thoughts on black and white from the great and the good:

“To see in color is a delight for the eye but to see in black and white is a delight for the soul.” – Andri Caldwell

“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!” ― Ted Grant

“I work in colour sometimes, but the images I most connect to, historically speaking, are in black and white. I see more in black and white – I like the abstraction of it.” ― Mary Ellen Mark

“I’ve been forty years discovering that the queen of all colors is black.” – Henri Mattise

“Color is descriptive. Black and white is interpretive.” – Elliott Erwitt

“Let’s assume that all the cassettes of monochrome film Cartier-Bresson ever exposed had somehow been surreptitiously loaded with colour film. I’d venture to say that about two thirds of his pictures would be ruined and the remainder unaffected, neither spoiled nor improved. And perhaps one in a thousand enhanced.” – Philip Jones Griffiths

“Perhaps I am old-fashioned, but black and white films still hold an affectionate place in my heart; they have an incomparable mystique and mood.” ― Ginger Rogers