I Take Photos

an amateur photographer who takes pictures of people, objects and nature

One Shot, Two Visions: Separating Black & White and Color

Friday, May 24, 2024

Illustration Photo, @alice_shoot33 as part of the session “The Woman with 1000 Faces”.

On social media and in my photo galleries, I prefer not to show the same photo in both color and black and white side by side.

While it’s understandable to want to show both versions, as you can have two different visions of the same shot in terms of color, cropping, etc., I don’t think it’s wise to display them together. Seeing both versions one after the other inevitably makes the viewer choose a favorite, and this can overshadow the reasons and vision that led me to offer a second approach.

By separating the two versions and sharing them on different platforms or social networks, I allow each to stand on its own and be appreciated for its unique qualities without immediate comparison.

Ansel Adams once said, “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” This quote highlights the relationship between the photographer’s intent and the viewer’s interpretation. When two versions of the same photo are shown side by side, the viewer might focus more on comparing them rather than understanding the distinct artistic choices behind each version.

By presenting them separately on different platforms or networks, I give the viewer the space to fully appreciate each photo on its own merits.

This approach respects both my creative process and the viewer’s experience, allowing for a deeper connection with each individual image.