The Absence of Color - Owen Iaquinto

In this collection I chose to display the difference between black/white portrait photography and color portraits. The main focus is based on male's in semi candid situations. This was a personal preference in order to keep the subjects partially consistent throughout the entire gallery. My goal is to reveal the difference in emotion that black and white photography evokes in our minds compared to color photography, especially in portraits.

In the 20th century, Oh, Hein-Kuhn travelled throughout Germany to showcase all sorts of different people in said time period. In this specific image, he managed to capture the boy's emotion perfectly. The lack of color in this photograph helps sell the time period and current state in which the subject happens to be. You can clearly tell that he is struggling with something in his life.
Once again the black and white photograph reveals a side to this image that we would not have noticed if we were to simply see this scene on the street. If the image were in color, it would simply look like a man, who might just be having a bad day, walking about. However, due to the fact that this image was shot in b/w, his posture becomes way more noticeable and draws the attention of the viewer right away.
Just like the previous image, this specific piece captured a working man in a time rest. Unlike the other photo, this subject is sitting still and paying attention to the photographer. While these few changes are something to consider, the overall look and feel of the image still comes across the same. The black and white style gives the subject a sort of worn down look that color would not be able to achieve as well.
The subject in this photograph is Johnny Thunders, a well known musician in the 1970s. This image was taken 3 years before Thunders' untimely death and already you can tell that he is not in the greatest condition. His drug is speculated to have been due to drug influence, which is rather visible in this image as well. Once again the lack of color in the photograph reveals things about his character that a color image wouldn't have been able to uncover. This is simply due to the fact that the black/white effect brings the overall feel of the image into a more depressing state.
This boy happens to be in a very strange stance compared to most of the other photographs. Its interesting to look at because we as the viewers are trying to figure out what is happening in the image. This may be caused by the suit, but I personally believe that if the subject had been photographed in color, the stance would look more like a pose instead of a strange coincidence that leaves the viewer wanting to find out more.
As the first non black and white image in this gallery, I chose this subject due to the many different colors in the background. The contrast between the subject and the background is still pretty clear, however our eye is more drawn to the surrounding of this man instead of his facial expression/features. By taking out the color of this image, the subject in the center would become more important again as stated in the b/w section of the gallery.
Once again our eye is automatically drawn to the surroundings of this person since he is wearing a dark coat and the door behind him has a more appealing color. If you look at his expression, you can see a bit of displeasement. The color in the image distracts the viewer from the story that the subject itself is telling. We are more interested in the situation that he is currently in since we are looking all around him at the different colored walls and windows.
This image is my personal favorite of the color section because it shows that it is still possible to have the main focus of a color portrait be the person itself, without using shallow depth of field. This man is most likely in his work environment, but the background does not draw the viewers eye away from his facial expression and his posture due to the fact that is is very plain even though it happens to be colorful as well.
Another great example of focusing the viewers eye on the main subject of the image is to place them in an empty space where the audience would not be able to take their eyes off of the subject. In this case, the color of his clothing makes a great difference in what our eye is drawn to. If this image had been captured in black and white, the subject would possibly stand out less due to the fact that we would not be able to see the bright red clothing.
Once again, a rather plain background makes the subject stand out more. This particular image has a great color contrast within the subjects clothing with the blue shirt and the brown jacket. This way the photographer did not have to have anything interesting in the background to make the image appealing to the viewer. His choice of placing the man in front of a plain wall worked very well since we are directly drawn to the subject in the middle of the frame.
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