For a while now, I’ve been interested in the cognitive effects of “film effects” on a digital image. Many times I’ve taken a colour image that ticks all the boxes in terms of composition, exposure and so on and had little or no reaction. Once converted to black and white, suddenly, the response is much more positive.
The current fashion for toy cameras and indeed Hipstamatic for the iPhone has exacerbated this. To me, they should be used sparingly or consistently. I spent 10 weeknights at Central St. Martins on the “Portfolio” course which is intended to help fledgling photographers find themselves and a style and move forwards. I failed. I took some nice photos for the assignments but stylistically they were all over the place. I hadn’t found my groove in contrasty black and white with a nod to my hero Jean-Loup Sieff.
Here is a fairly random set of photos from Taipei treated with Alienskin Exposure Tri-X 400 pushed 2 stops. Very contrasty, lots of black and white. Some of these work, some don’t. I know which ones I like, what about you?
As an aside, all these were taken with the Canon S90 and cropped to 3×2.