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:

Ireland's Eye (Inis Mac Neasáin) - A small island off the coast of Ireland, near Howth
30 May 2017 Howth #04

Ireland's Eye in Black and White

This is another photo from the beautiful suburb of Dublin in Ireland. I took from the Howth Harbour and it shows the picturesque island called Ireland’s Eye, or Inis Mac Neasáin in Irish. The structure that you see in the center of the frame is called a Martello tower […]

Tower Bridge, London, United Kingdom
10 Apr 2017 London #03

Tower Bridge in Black and White, London, United Kingdom

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. […]

Elevated View of Tokyo with Skyscrapers in Shinjuku Ward, Japan
25 Dec 2016 Tokyo #17

Shinjuku Skyscrapers in Black and White, Tokyo, Japan

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. […]

Panorama of Tokyo with Skyscrapers in Shinjuku Ward, Japan
20 Nov 2016 Tokyo #16

Black and White Panorama of Tokyo with Shinjuku Skyscrapers

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. […]