I was talking to my friend Rik the other day. We were talking about photography and concepts there of. He mentioned the picture of the Horse Below.
He Mentioned that he was into the interplay of Light and Shadow. He mentioned that I should write a post about it.
The simple beauty Black and White
Currently we all shoot color if we are shooting digital. The image is either converted in camera or in post processing. This gives the Shooter the choice of one or the other. The Shooter can switch between the two in post processing. Back in the film days you made the choice before loading your camera. Unless You were using a system camera with changeable film backs then You were locked in to color or Black and White, but also Film speed. The current technology does allow a film shooter to desaturate color images after they have been scanned and digitized.
Some shooters may shoot Black and White in order to abstract color form an image and be left with the form as the main subject. There is a custom motorcycle company in California that uses Black and silver as the only paint scheme available. This seems counterintuitive but it relieves the designer and builders from having to deal with paint and allows them to concentrate on the physical design.
Maybe shooters should take a little time and force themselves to shoot B&W once in a while.