The black and white technique is widely used by photographers specialized in certain areas such as portrait, reportage and street. In these areas black and white is very suitable, often increasing the expressive power of the images.
Wildlife photography is instead closely linked to colors: the yellows and reds of the autumn foliage, the colorful colors of the flowers of the alpine meadows, the polychromatic liveries of some wild animals ... the color in these contexts is fundamental!
This was what I thought until a few years ago. In particular before buying the splendid book 'Genesis ' by Sebastiao Salgado, one of the greatest photographers of all time.
Salgado photographs only in black and white and is famous for his exceptional reportages: from the miners of the Serra Pelada in Brazil to the genocide in Rwanda, from the burning oil wells in Kuwait to the life of the countryside in Latin America.
The common point of all the works of the brazilian photographer are the people. However with 'Genesis ' Salgado changes register, the goal of this ten-year project is to enhance the incredible natural beauty of our planet. It can almost be said, even if it is a bit simplistic, that he transforms himself into a nature photographer. This book (which I highly recommend) opened my eyes, showing me that black and white also lends itself to my loved wildlife photography.
A famous quote from Kim Hunter says: 'Emotions are much stronger in black and white. Color distracts, pleases the eye, but does not necessarily reach the heart. '.
I believe there is some truth in this phrase and above all I think that some photographs of nature lend themselves very well to 'Black and white '.
Here are some photos taken in our Val Grande ... strictly in black and white! :-)