Life like it is

images I have no idea why this has happened but, over the last few days, I am being constantly reminded of the days of black and white photography.
I remember the days of the box camera, the photographer at school with his head under a black cloth taking the class picture and the days when I used to rush to the local photo studio after I got my pocket money to develop and print that priceless roll of 120 mm film.
Suddenly, I want to take black and white pictures again. I want to get hold of that red roll and take 16 rectangular pictures and develop the film, not knowing what I have clicked until the time it was developed and printed.
But, of course, that is history. No longer are there studios that print such pictures, and I am sure I will never be able to find that film, or those cameras, anyway. After all, brands popular in those days are either not made any more or their manufacturers have switched to digital cameras.
Looking back, I feel the older pictures, when the only “colour” was sepia, were far better than the colour images we get these days.
I firmly believe what well-known photographer Ted Grant has famously said, “When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!”
Just to get a feel of the “good old days”, I took out a few of the portraits I have taken in the last few months and “converted” them into black and white. And what I saw was remarkable. The “converted” pictures are so much more life-like, so fresh and so moving. The colour photographs, on the other hand, have too many distractions and in those is lost the true meaning of the work.
I wish we could take pictures once again, in black and white.
So that the story can be told, not shown!

One Comment Add yours

  1. Color or black and white theses are great portraits!


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