It’s the time of year when I go back and forth in my battle to understand color. I wonder if the great early photographers would have had this problem if they had color available to them? Can you imagine A.J. Russell standing in front of the two steam engines at Promontory Point arguing with himself (“color or black-and-white; which will capture the moment best?”) while all those people are waiting to drive the last spike of the transcontinental railroad? Other than technical considerations it’s probably why most of photojournalism is in B&W – one less think to worry about.
I returned to some of my images from yesterday and stripped the color out, leaving just the shapes and tones to tell the story of the scene and moment. You be the judge – which are the more interesting images? Click on any image to see a larger version.