Once the default method of photography, b&w film photography has become a conscious choice to counter the concentrated colors of modern photography and to achieve an intentionally mysterious aesthetic.
While color photography is without a doubt more realistic, b and w film photography has a unique ability to transport us to a different time and place. Monochromatic, intriguing, and mysterious, it forces one to focus on the compositional elements of the photo rather than its colors. In some cases, b and w film photography can even make mundane subjects appear as a work of art. Imagine a photograph of a spiraled staircase, a car parked in the street, or a high rise building. In color photography these pictures might appear nothing more than ordinary, while in black and white they offer a captivating allure.
Take your film photography back to the basics with striking b&w film. Shooting in black and white is a great way for photographers to rethink their approach to photography and improve their skills. Black and white photography forces photographers to focus on elements such as texture, tone, depth, and light in new ways. In fact, many professional photographers choose to train in black and white even if they intend to shoot mostly in color.
Emphasize details by harnessing the power of light and depth. Oftentimes, color can take away from contrasts that might otherwise be exceptionally striking. Lean into the artistry of black and white photography by playing with depth and light!
At Tuttle Cameras, our selection includes black and white 35mm film that’ll fit into most film cameras! Shop our selection online today or visit us in store to learn more about black and white film photography.