Since its inception, photographers have found weird and wonderful ways to create photographic images in amazing styles and many different mediums.
The first photograph, or more specifically, the earliest known surviving photograph made in a camera, was taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826 or 1827.
He used a polished sheet of pewter coated with a thin layer of bitumen, a naturally occurring petroleum tar, which was
dissolved in lavender oil, applied to the surface of the pewter and allowed to dry before use.
“Why would you choose to create black and white…”
As cameras have developed, and the popularity of photography increased the possibilities of the medium have grown, opening many new artistic avenues.
We’re a creative bunch, so it’s only natural that as technology progressed into the contemporary climate, advances
in technology such as the Photoshop presented a whole new realm of artistic possibilities.
Why would you choose to create black and white photographs in the era of digital cameras that are capable of accurately capturing millions upon millions of colours?
“it’s a simple matter of aesthetics . . . “
Black and white seems to be a constant in the photographic history of photography, with colour technology only propagating itself into wider use around halfway between Nicéphore Niépce’s first heliograph, and… today.
While there’s debate on both sides of the argument, for me it’s a simple matter of aesthetics . . . a good black and white
treatment has a way of stripping unneeded information from an image, helping to emphasize specific elements to the viewer without the distractions that colour can provide…