Some links to interesting videos and some ideas on colour vs. B&W
I recently came across the following video on photography in East Germany. There is definitely a distinctive look to many of these photographs, whether one considers that look happy or sad-but I would categorize it most of all as ‘intense’. Some of the shots there have definitely re-inspired me.
The majority of these photos, of course, appear to be in the then-ubiquitous B&W. And I’ve now become very, very fond of my B&W, as anyone who looks at my albums regularly now knows. What never ceases to amaze me with B&W is the range of textures and effects one can get from just three general tones-from expired film all the way up to the Ilford films still in production, almost every kind of B&W still has its own character. Of course, I’m a particular fan now of Orwo, but the following shows the variety available:
For me every shot there has a different look, yet all have just three tones. However I still like colour negative film, but increasingly so for something quite specific-low sun. Those autumn or winter days when the sun is just rising or falling, or never really fully comes out, can create fantastic colour effects. And only colour film, in my opinion, can really capture this.
In short, I could live with B&W now for the majority of my work. But on certain days, when the light is falling in a particular and special way (creating a mood that I associate with the northern hemisphere in spring, autumn and winter) I’d still really, really want to have a colour negative roll or two handy.