Black and white photography tends to hold such acclaim because, often colour can be a distraction within an image. Texture, tonal contrast, shape, form and lighting, are all emphasised and accentuated within a black & white conversion. Great monochromatic images use all these elements to create a memorable and evoking perception for the viewer.
Many artistic views see colour illustrating reality, where as black and white being an interpretation of reality, this image below truly interprets this I think, evoking a beautifully haunting feeling
Portraits look particularly striking when processed in black and white – really showing character in the subjects expressions.
The soft, warm diffused light prevalent during the golden hour when the sun is at it lowest point, really can make your subject stand out sharply, all the while conjuring a magical feeling. As depicted below.
The soft light of an overcast day can also bring out texture, increasing contrast and saturation in an image is what adds such a stark variation of textures and intensity.
Textures look great in black and white, it adds great definition when a brick wall or old barn doors are converted into black and white.
With this image, colour and flash of intense pink poka-dots really distracts form the feeling of movement in the black and white conversion – I believe you can really get a feel for her dancing freely.
Make your reality art, with your monochromatic images.