For its 2018 Swimsuit Issue, Sports Illustrated has taken a path quite different from its traditional route. For the project titled “In Her Words,” the magazine didn’t pose models in swimsuits. Instead, they’ve launched fully nude, unedited, black and white images of models, with messages to society written on their bodies. The project features women of all shapes and sizes, and it has caused a lot of reaction, both positive and negative.
Hands up who has an Instagram account. I certainly do (@jaketraynor – shameless plug), and I rarely wander outside of the landscape photography realm. What I’ve come to notice after one year of using it is just how popular colour images are.
There are some beautiful photos on Instagram. Amazing sunrises over ice shards, explosive sunsets over gentle beaches, waterfalls in the autumn glow. And then there are the images that have just had the saturation jacked all the way up – that are still incredibly popular. Let’s face it, when it comes to landscape photography on social media, it’s all about the wow-factor. So, if these are the types of images that are making names for people, why should we be shooting in black and white?
I believe you’ve seen the photos taken with expired rolls of film. Even after 35 years, they can often still develop nicely. But what happens when you combine a roll of film that expired 35 years ago with developer produced somewhere between 1949 and 1963? Tucson-based photographer Daniel Keating decided to try it: and he was successful.
Earlier this year I wrote what I felt was quite a personal article about what it is like to be a colourblind photographer. In the coming weeks and months after writing and publishing it (and having it widely re-shared across some very big photography blogs) I had contact with so many other colourblind photographers who reached out to me to thank me for putting into words something many of us struggle to explain to others. One particular email was from a mother whose young son is also colourblind thanking me for giving her hope and opening up her eyes to not treating it as a physical disability. But on the flip side to the incredible conversations that I had with people who either understood what I was explaining, or who knew someone who was colourblind, there were also several rather negative conversations and comments from the typical anonymous trolls urging me to quit photography, or questioning my ability to be able to sell my work or offer the professional workshops I do.
Combinations of geometric shapes and natural shapes of the human body are interesting and intriguing. Photo series named “Geometric Variants” brings them together in an abstract and minimal way. The creator of the project is Erika Zolli, and her vision is the geometric relationship between man and space around him.
Black & White still remains the photographer’s favorite for Street Photographers with very good reasons. Where in other genres, monochrome has become a niche look, Street Photography is different and for very good reasons. Why does Black & White remain as the favorite choice for Street Photographers and are there logical reasons to go for it?
Naturally Black & White was the first choice for photographers due to technical restrictions. Film wasn’t able to showcase color and it took a long time until more and more Street Photographers explored new opportunities with color work. Nonetheless, most of the Street Photography photos are still in Black & White. Without a question, modern technology is more than able to capture colors of the real world. If necessary, editing makes it possible to change the look of colors in any direction you can imagine. Additional complexity like white-balance becomes easier to deal with, thanks to digital cameras where the photographer can change those settings in the RAW-Format afterward.
Following are some of the reasons why Black & White is still popular amongst Street Photographers.
If 2017 will be the year of the big comeback of film, Zorki Photo has made an announcement that supports this claim. They are launching their first film product, and it will be a 100 ISO black-and-white negative film. So, after the comeback of FILM Ferrania and Kodak Ektachrome, film photographers have another film to look forward to.
Colorizing a black and white image in Photoshop requires a huge amount of time, and not to mention that you need exceptional skill to do it. A year ago, Richard Zhang and a team at University of California revealed Algoritmia, an app that does it automatically. It was fun to play with it, but there was still plenty of room for improvement. Now, a year later, they have found a new approach. And this time, the results are way more impressive.
Looking at the old, faded black and white photos brings us closer to history and connects us with some past events. But seeing these pictures in color makes you feel an even stronger connection with the people and events in them.
Young Brazilian restoration artist Marina Amaral colorizes black and white photos and gives them a new, different life. And she does such a magnificent job, that it’s hard to believe the black and white photos were turned into color ones, and not the other way around.
There are as many techniques to develop black & white film than there are photographers.
Today I’m going to show how I develop most of my B&W films. That doesn’t mean that’s the right way to do it and that you should follow my instructions word for word. This is just what works for me until now.