"When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!"- Ted Grant
As I am subjected to the consistently confused weather of Singapore – from seconds sunshine turns to rain – inspiration seems to be slightly impossible to find. Despite the fashion week shows pouring in, I have been seeking a spark of inspiration that has been nonexistent. (This might explain the lack of blog posts lately!) But, I realized that my sources of such inspiration were all the same – bright, bold street style photographs and style bloggers who always add a dash of eccentricity to their looks. While these pieces of constant beauty on the blogosphere are lovely ways to brighten your day, I have found that beauty can be found elsewhere, in authorities that are the opposite. Black and white photography.
I have always been a big believer in incorporating bold hues and patterns in your wardrobe – a bit of color and life is the perfect way in which to enhance an outfit. But while looking through Tumblr (one of the absolute best places to find inspiration), and starting my own black and white tumblr, this aspect of photography has never appealed to me more. There is something startlingly beautiful in black and white photography. Perhaps because, it not only captures fashion in a new light, but it also holds a layer of emotion. This subtle element of black and white photography intensifies its purpose. After all, photography is used to seize the moment, to freeze a single event and memory in history that will remain with us forever. But fashion photography also serves for entertainment and pleasure: like fashion itself, its beauty is for us all to enjoy. The combination of the melancholy, sentimental feeling of this photography and the gorgeous models and clothing that it captures makes it truly an art in itself.
A cliché would be to describe this style of photography as devoid of warmth and happiness. On the contrary, the contrast of black and white sheds life on some aspects of the photo, and conceals other parts of it. The intricacy of this style has a quality of its own, and is truly a startlingly beautiful work of art to admire.
+ For more black and white photography, visit my Tumblr.