Seeing in Black & White

Film: Kodak T-Max 400

Camera: Fujifilm Klasse W


So lately I have been inspired by a few homies after seeing their recent black and white photography work and decided it's probably time to shoot some black and white film again. A bit of history on me shooting black and white is that when I first started learning photography in high school over 10 years ago I actually started with black and white 35mm film. My teacher was really old school and was all about black and white and regarded color photography as a gimmick. 

I learnt how to 'see' in black and white, shoot in black and white, develop my own film and print my own images in a darkroom, and that was my thing for 3 years in high school. After high school I didn't have access to a darkroom as easily so started shooting digital but still shot in black in white for the next few years, which you can see in my 'South-East Youth' series. After that I wanted a change and started to explore color was a whole new world and I loved it.

Fast forward to recent times and I've shot or two rolls of black and white in the past 7 or so years. So I bought 3 rolls last week and just got the first one back yesterday and damn...I just can't 'see' in black and white anymore! I found it really hard to shoot and just kept seeing color images every where I looked. I enjoyed it though as it was a real challenge and made everything even harder.

So I have two more rolls of different types of black and white film left which I am gonna shoot and decide which film I like the best and then attempt to make a series all in black and white so I'll keep the blog updated with the progress.

Also I should note that...I'm not sure why yet but I feel like when I shoot in black and white I make really 'dark' and almost depressing images...a little bit more sinister almost...interesting.


"To see in colour is a delight for the eye but to see in black and white is a delight for the soul." - Andri Cauldwell