Taking and studying good black and white photographs is very constructive both to learn about composition and to better understand value relationships in a colorful world. For example red is so bright and eye catching but reads in a black and white as a mid range gray. Black and white photography is also a profound study in contrast between light sources and cast shadows. With the excitement of color drained from a scene, the relationship of shapes is more evident. I will continue to take black and white photographs as I not only like them in their own right, but I feel they make me both a better photographer and artist.
Here are the black and white photographs I have taken recently… I hope you enjoy them!