I received a comment this evening on a much earlier post, but following it back I encountered a very interesting article on the blog Photography, Psychiatry and the Nonexistence of Time, about the difference between how our brains might process black & white images differently from how it might process color images.
This might help with me understanding why black & white continues to maintain an important presence in photography, when you rarely find any current or contemporary black & white painting. Essentially all paintings are created in color.
Which dove tailed with my recent re-read of my book about Paul Outerbridge Jr, who sometime in the late 1920′s stated that “Black & White suggests, while color states”. hmmmm, that is not necessarily entirely true today. But that still resonates with me on a more non-technical level, that for certain photographic series, they seem to do extremely well in Black & White. In fact I have a hard time being able to think of some of them in color, but they could only exsist in black & white, such as Fleuret’s Landmassess and Railways.
Likewise, looking at some current series, in particular like Blackmon’s Domestic Vacations, I don’t think how that would series would work in black & white. It just is in color. And the list goes on.
Which is probably why when I re-started my Insomnia series, I just could not think of doing this series in color. Nope, not at all. I thought that I had made the complete transition to color photography with my series on the urban & industrial Chinese landscape. Well, come on, that is what I thought. But egads, that did not last long, eh?
So I will have to take it series by series and just let the work and series tell me what I need to do. What else can I do, eh? But now I have a hint as to why one series may work better in color or in black & white.
Best regads, Doug