Guest post by photographer, Laura Evans.
When I first started taking photography seriously it was using an Olympus Om-1n, I developed and printed all my own work. And I loved it – the art, the process, the feel that comes with black and white images. Over time I graduated to shooting color and printing color and I grew to love that more. Occasionally, I would produce a black and white image that I loved but generally everything was in color.
In recent months though I have discovered a new found passion for black and white, it has that timeless feel, beautiful, clean and pure. This new found passion led to my decision a couple of months back to separate my black and white photography from my color work on Etsy. Other photographers warned that this could be problematic, black and white photography doesnt sell well on Etsy. Why is this? When did it stop being fashionable?
(above) Smile by Elle Moss
My friend has a black and white wall in the entree way to her home … frames of all different shapes and sizes encasing a wide variety of gorgeous black and white prints. It looks amazing and makes a great impact the moment you walk through the door. I see black and white interiors all over design blogs, and in magazines, in fashion its updated every season to create a new modern and edgy look. And in the world of Etsy there are countless items appearing on the front page from jewelry to prints to housewares but rarely b + w photography.
Ocean by Laura Evans (that’s me)
I have never understood this. I can spend hours looking at the works of greats such as Ansel Adams, Richard Avedon and Josef Hoflehner. And there are countless books & magazines dedicated to the art form, but does it get the attention it deserves in the indie world?
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