IFocal: Black and White Stories

Black and white stories

Everyone’s just another pixel in the collage till you boil them down to their #BlackandWhite stories.

I’ve heard people say that Black-and-white is the better form of photography. As a colour lover, I resisted this for a long time. I still enjoy vibrancy but I’m beginning to see how colour might be noise in certain cases, drowning out finer details that only the starkness of black-and-white can show.

*If you like this photograph, you might want to check out my Instagram stream.

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6 thoughts on “IFocal: Black and White Stories

  1. sakina bagsarawala October 10, 2013 at 13:35 Reply

    Dear Ramya,

    I am Sakina and I work in the marketing team of The Four Fountains Spa. The Four Fountains Spa is India’s largest chain of affordable day spas and we are located across 10 cities. I just went through your blog and it was a wonderful read. It was something interesting and refreshing to browse through.
    I would like to invite you for a complimentary therapy at our spa. If you find it worthwhile, your review about us on your blog would be greatly appreciated by us. Would wait to hear from you if this would interest you. If you could let me know the place and branch convenient for you, i can do book the appointment for you. Incase you need to reach me my mobile number is xxxxxxxxx and my id is xxxxxxxxxxxxxx. Looking forward to your response and your subsequent visit 🙂



    • IdeaSmith October 26, 2013 at 14:37 Reply

      Sakina: Thanks for getting in touch. Taken this conversation to email.


  2. Arjun Mohan (@ArjunM1412) October 25, 2013 at 12:15 Reply

    The BW/colour debate was touched upon in a photography workshop chaired by Vincent Versace- someone complimented his BW photos, but said his colour photos are not up to the mark- only for Vincent to show how his best BW photos came from colour photo sources. Interesting insight, as also how he used post-production to make a photo better- but I wasn’t impressed by the way the workshop was a Nikon DSLR commercial in disguise.


    • IdeaSmith October 26, 2013 at 14:46 Reply

      @Arjun Mohan: I have absolutely no background or formal training in photography of any sort. Just as with writing, I enjoy learning while at play. I love colour (in general) so BW is a new foray for me. I initially thought it would make sense to shoot in colour and then lens it to BW but I find the results better if I shoot in BW straight away. But maybe that’s just my phone or the settings I’m using.


  3. Arjun Mohan (@ArjunM1412) October 26, 2013 at 15:13 Reply

    Which camera did you use? The title suggests it’s an iPod touch or iPhone. I swear by my Nokia N8 camera, and am not keen on switching to a more popular phone, because of this.

    Are you working as a photographer somewhere, or trying to get a job as one? I wonder if the DSLR investment is worth it to get those great photos, and a photography assignment. More often than not, you can’t plan that award-winning photo- it just happens.


    • IdeaSmith October 26, 2013 at 15:27 Reply

      @Arjun Mohan: HTC One. I love the camera. No, as I mentioned in my earlier comment, I have no formal training as a photographer. I am a Content enthusiast and specialist though, and visual content is fun and the future.


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