Black and white photography is truly timeless. It’s been many decades since color photography became affordable and black and white is still popular. For the documentary photographer colour offers more fidelity, for the creative photographer colour offers more possibilities. Nevertheless, black and white is still around and doing fine. Most people see the world in colour, black and white is a kind of abstraction. And yet black and white is still so popular. Why is it so? Is it nostalgia? Do we perceive black and white images as “more timeless”? I think some images just work better in black and white. Whenever I feel that the shapes in an image are much more interesting than the colours, I switch to black and white.
Below are some of my black and white photos:
This photo was taken from the area near St. Katharine’s Pier in London. It shows three great London landmarks. The oldest of them is of course the famous Tower Bridge, opened in 1894. It doesn’t owe its name to the two towers, even though it is one of very few bridges on the Thames that does feature towers. It is called Tower Bridge because it is close to the Tower of London, which perhaps is even more famous and certainly many centuries older than Tower Bridge itself. […]
This photo has been taken from the rooftop of a skyscraper in Minato ward in central Tokyo. The characteristic, pencil-shaped skyscraper is NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building. It is not located in Shinjuku but in Shibuya. The skyscraper with two towers on the left is the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. […]
Shinjuku (in Japanese: 新宿区) is one the 23 special wards in Tokyo Metropolis. It has a population of about 312 thousand and the largest concentration of skyscrapers in Tokyo. But not only that, it also has the world’s busiest train station. Shinjuku Station is gigantic, in 2007 it was used by an average of 3.64 million people per day. It has 36 platforms and over 200 exits. Yes, more than 200 exits! I used it a few times and I almost got lost a few times. […]
When you mix old and new architecture the result may be brilliant but sometimes it can be a complete disaster. In the case of the Louvre Pyramid in Paris I think the result is absolutely brilliant, even though it caused a great amount of controversy. It was designed by the Chinese-born American architect Ieoh Ming Pei and completed in 1989. As a matter of fact, there is one large pyramid and three smaller ones around it.