From my earliest memories, black and white photography has been a captivating allure, drawing me into the world of capturing moments. This passion was ignited when, as a child, my grandfather presented me with a treasured book from our family's collection, 'Headline Photography' by Harold Evans. This anthology of celebrated press photographs wasn't just any book—it once belonged to my great-grandfather, Douglas. As I leafed through its pages, I became deeply moved by the genuine emotions and authentic moments framed in stark monochromatic contrasts. In the times predating the 1960s and 1970s, before the vibrancy of colour film dominated the photographic landscape, photographers embraced the limited yet profound grayscale palette. The constraints of only black and white film translated into imagery that was raw, pure, and emotive.
Today, as I capture weddings, black and white images constitute a significant part of my work - always at least 20%. Sometimes it's even more. Intriguingly, I often instinctively know which moments will translate best into black and white even before pressing the shutter. This foresight allows me to incorporate elements like green exit signs or red fire extinguishers without hesitation, confident in the knowledge that their vibrant hues won't disrupt the final monochromatic image. However, not every picture earns the distinction of black and white in my portfolio. Only those that truly resonate with the couple's unique essence make the cut. I strive for these chosen frames to be ageless - a reflection of genuine love and emotion, harking back to a time when photographs conveyed deep narratives without the embellishments of colour. By stripping away the colours, the focus shifts entirely to the core of the moment, injecting each frame with a timeless quality. It's a process that displays emotions down to their purest form, ensuring that every image becomes a forever classic.
I attempt to connect with a broad spectrum of audiences. Notably, in specific genres like fine art, there is a lingering affinity for black and white imagery. This style's enduring popularity ensures that it remains both relevant and highly sought-after. Black and white photography's unique charm lies in its ability to break through cultural and language barriers, conveying universally understood emotions and narratives. These frames have a captivating allure that seamlessly merges both classic and modern artistic taste. As a result, they find favour with traditional art as and contemporary art enthusiasts. Through my black and white compositions, I strive to develop a nostalgic bond with viewers. I hope to stir memories, perhaps reminiscent of the vintage wedding photos of their parents or cherished old family portraits, fostering a deep emotional connection.