Us, in Black and White

Monday, November 19th, 2012 4

I’ve already professed my love for all things Polaroid and the dreamy, vintage look that instant photography yields. But as I’ve been shooting more black and white recently (check Mortal Muses this month!), I’ve noticed that black and white Polaroid photographs scream vintage. On back to back days, I shot a self-portrait and then a portrait of Tony. As I look at both, I find myself lost in time, not knowing when these photographs were taken.

I quite love that my hair isn’t styled perfectly, that I’m wearing black, that I have a big pendant around my neck, and that my head is a bit lopped off. I think each of these elements add to the vintage feel of this photo, to the timelessness this image conveys.

In this shot of Tony, I love that he’s enjoying an old-school beer, that he’s wearing a plaid flannel, and that he’s a bit scruffy. Again, these components ratchet up the vintage-ness in my view.

I generally see the world in color, but these recent black and white Polaroids are giving me a new-found love for the desaturated. Especially when it comes to portraits. What about you? What’s your take on black and white photography?

PS–the winner of the gorgeous postcards from Christina Rosalie is Lelainia Lloyd! I’ll be in touch, Lelainia, and congrats!

4 Responses

  1. Cool shots, both of them! My most recent post talked about the analogy of shooting something in color, and then black and white, on a really bright day — the high contrast in the latter was MUCH more interesting than color. I, too, am accustomed to seeing and experiencing the world in camera, but switching to B&W has a way of changing your perspective, doesn’t it?

  2. Debra says:

    Love these! That picture of you especially looks like it could have been taken back when your SX-70 was new. Off now to buy both a cable release and some black and white film! xo

  3. Corinna says:

    Love both of these shots. You guys are so cool. xo

  4. [...] But I’m going to let brevity be my guide today and sum it up in one word. Vintage. The timeless beauty of this film blows me away. Every [...]

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