I’ve been dabbling more and more with B&W conversions of my photos. I really like the way it can transform shots taken on a gloomy day, but I also find that removal of the distraction of colour can often allow a better appreciation of the picture. I’m beginning to think that almost any picture can make a good B&W image, although bold shapes, patterns, textures and strong contrast produce the best.
In the future, I will probably post a fair few monochrome images. This is the first of my Monochrome Moments. It was snapped when walking past 20 Fenchurch street, otherwise known as the Walkie Talkie building, in the City of London.
In this image, we have mainly shapes, lines and texture. The texture is provided by the ‘sunshade’, introduced since the ‘solar glare’ off the south face of the original building was responsible for melting parts of the bodywork of a number of cars.
Actually, this B&W version is not so different from the original colour shot, which looked pretty monochrome on that day.