Timeless, elegant, pure. These are but a few words used to describe photos captured in monochromatic color.
The invention of the first camera brought to life black-and-white photography. While it may be true that color photography is more widely used nowadays, the tradition of black and white photography continues to live in the works of artists worldwide.
Color psychologists believe that black connotes power and authority. Villains are often cloaked in black to distinguish themselves as the antagonists. On the other hand, white is the color associated with purity and innocence. Together, the contrasting elements of black and white provide an excellent foundation for producing a good photo.
It’s different when you view a photo in color, and it’s another thing when you view it in black and white. The latter removes the distraction of color, forcing the eye to home in on the subject of the photo. It gives the photographers more room to focus on composition. Moreover, the high level of contrast in black and white photos urges the photographer to give more consideration to the shadows and shapes involved in their subjects.
To give you illustrations of how monochromatic colors affect the look and feel of photos, here are 15 outstanding black and white images of animals: