The Street In Color
As you know, I definitely see street life in black & white. There are several reasons for that. First, I like the timeless quality of B&W. To me, it evokes an emotion that color cannot convey. Converting your images in monochrome also has the benefit of removing distracting colorful elements from the frame and drawing the eye to the main subject.
Yet, there are times when the scene is all about color and texture and the human element is an added bonus to an already great backdrop. I chose the following image to illustrate my point. I shot this scene in Paris last week, the stage was all about color and grit. It just took a few minutes for the right subject to walk through the frame. I think it’s the cinematic feel of the image that speaks to me.
Do I still see life in the streets in B&W? Absolutely, but not exclusively! What are your thoughts?