Determining which I prefer — color versus duotone/black & white — is an ongoing struggle for me artistically. I find myself falling into cycles of shooting one style over the other, only to have that cycle reverse later. Honestly, I find beauty in both forms – and in many cases one form may be much more appropriate for creating a particular mood.
Take this photograph for example. I shot the original version of this photograph in full color – and was quite happy with how the wonderful clouds contrasted with the vivid blue skies that were seen that day here in Dallas. While working on re-constructing my website’s portfolio section, I converted the color version of this photo to black & white. The result is what you see here. What was once a tranquil photograph of lovely colors became an image for me of brewing angst. Clouds transformed before my eyes from soothing calm to impending doom as if they were painted onto the sky by the brush of an incensed deity. Her once innocent countenance is now a face more daunting, a smile that is now more of a sinister looking smirk. You can compare yourself by looking at the original photograph: