Italy in Winter is Black&White

“Colour My Life”

When the colors fade and the weather is gloomy is best to accept than to fight it. Often in winter I switch my photography to black and while, or to a very low “saturation.”


B&W to See Differently

One reason is that I like to shoot in B&W, it’s because it brings out details, and makes  me look at things that I would otherwise overlook, or dismiss. 


Adding Emotion

I find that there is more emotion to an image in black and white. 



B&W adapts well to all lighting situations. Color photography instead works best on sunny days, low light just makes a black and white image moody. Moreover the crisp winter light is more suitable for B&W. Colors in too sharp light tend to react badly and give out bad surprises. 


No Distractions

Colors can be terribly distracting in some images and can take the focus away from your subject. Sometimes taking the color out of an image lets the subject speak for themselves. 


Subtlety of Tones

B&W images can be very subtle in tonalities. There are so many shades of gray (more than just 50 :-), and so many in between. 



B&W images can be strong, high contrast and powerful, or they can be so soft, gentle , slight, and sophisticated.

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Of course the black and white vs color debate is a very personal one. For every  photographer that loves shooting mono there are others who much prefer the vibrancy of color photography.

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I lived the most part of my life in Washington DC, now in Italy getting to know again my country. Plenty of surprises, for good and bad, and lots of nostalgia for DC.

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