Photography has always been a hobbyist delight but when it becomes more than a hobby, then you start exploring and experimenting with the creative aspect of photography. Here is where you have to dwell carefully between passion and professionalism. I am not a professional photographer as I don’t earn my living from it and even if I do still I would prefer calling myself a Passionate Photographer (to sound more realistic I will opt for Practicing Photographer).
For me professional terminologies are always a put off. Most professional photographers, like doctors, treat their task in hand as a ‘subject’. To have the knowledge of technical details in photography is great but to use it in a discussion with a person who has no knowledge of it I feel is a show off. I mean if someone approaches you to learn the technicalities then it is fine but to bombard the person with the questions (like ‘what’s the ISO’, ‘what’s the exposure compensation’, ‘what’s the shutter speed’) while observing his work is cruelty. Such so called professionals tend to dwell more on the technical superficial layer of the image rather than submerging themselves deep into the creative aspect of it. I read on some blog that a good blog should always be of around 400 words (that blog itself was 1000 words long), the limit which I reckon I have already exhausted. But since this is my first blog I wanted to vent out my anger against the techno-professionals so I did.
Back to Street Photography….Like other street photographers, I love monochrome and like most of them I take photos in colour but prefer showcasing them in black and white. The monochromatic image leaves a lasting impact on my mind every time I come across it. Since I am more into street photography, black and white works wonder when it comes to clicking streets. No doubt a combination of different colours makes for a vibrant atmosphere in the image but for me the contrast which black and white creates scores higher than colour. And the reason why I prefer monochrome is because it is:
For those who are born after 70s, for them the era before 70s is pictorially black and white. Black and white pictures look eternal because most of us relate monochrome with older times. They have the so called vintage or an old world charm in them.
In this digital era with easy access to photography and thanks to social media we are daily exposed to hundreds of photos mostly all in colour and if among the crowd of colours when we come across a black and white image they tend to draw our attention. The reason is after the advent of digital photography, monochrome’s popularity took back seat among commoners and now-a-days only those who are into serious photography experiments with monochrome. Since it is difficult to convert monochrome image to colour, hardly anyone prefers taking black and white photos with digital camera.
In most images if the colours in the image are vibrant then they tend to divert our mind from the story of the image and also from other minor details which image has. On the other hand black and white images separate the subject from its background by creating contrast as well as fine tuning the other minor elements in the picture in its artistic form.
Therefore the above three factors is what makes me go for monochrome. Having said that I have seen some mind-blowing colour street images bur for the moment monochrome rules for me.
Editor’s Note:Naveed will be a featured photographer in an upcoming issue of Street Photography Magazine.