‘I think it’s because it was an emotional story, and emotions come through much stronger in black and white. Colour can be distracting, it pleases the eye but it doesn’t necessarily reach the heart’ Kim Hunter.
Photographs are by French photographer Denis Rion.
As soon as I saw these black and white photographs of the cast from En Bal D’amour my heart missed a beat or two. Through these images Denis Rion has captured a moment in time charged with emotion.
These portraits have reminded me of the power within a monochromatic image, be it a photograph or painting……
As a ‘colourist’ – I sometimes find it soothing and a way to switch off a part of my brain and yet sharpen another part, when I observe black and white images.
Greater emphasis is given to light play and form.
When I observe people in workshops becoming confused about ‘colour and tone’ – I recommend they make a colour photograph of their subject and then turn it into a black and white image, allowing focus on light play, form and tone.
There is such drama in these images.
My friend Claudia Nottale – director of the play.
Charcoal sketch of Claudia Nottale- 1995.
I am off to Dorset this weekend to visit my friend Maureen….who I went to art college with way back in the early sixties….
Here we are in 1964 – posing in front of the newly opened Commonwealth Institute in Kensington, London. It was such a simple, wonderful time to be alive.
Wishing one and all a beautiful weekend.