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Many people prefer black and white artwork prints over those that are done in color.  It is hard to image, that for years, many people only dreamed that they would be able to photograph things in real color.  Now that it is possible, many people prefer to go back to the older types of photography.  Even paintings are sometimes done in these two monochromatic tones.  Of course, while everyone is aware that they exist, perhaps the bigger question that could be posed might be to ask why there is such a devotion to black and white prints. 

If you ask different people this question, the answer can be surprisingly honest and descriptive.  Some would say that color merely disrupts and interrupts the subject of the painting or photo.  They say that color is extremely distracting to what the picture is trying to portray to its viewers.  This is a rather unique point of view.  It is said that color becomes the focal point and that the subject of the photograph or the painting is lost in the swirling hues of different shades of red, blue, yellow, and green, including all shades of colors that are absent from these types of portraits. 

Others state that black and white prints are wildly versatile.  Many feel that they look great regardless of what type of light they were either photographed in or painted in.  Because they draw neither negativity nor positivity from the light, they are perfect for any subject matter.  It does not matter whether the subject is of a landscape of mountains or a cityscape of skyscrapers.  Actually, it seems that the absence of color in these instances will give the photo or painting reproduction, or giclee, more of an ambiance and seduction. 

There is also a wide variety of tones that can be found in black and white prints.  There are so many different shades of ebony and ivory that are found in the other colors.  These shades will bleed into them creating grays and even umbers.  While the two colors make the photo or painting sound like it is rather boring, nothing could be further from the truth.  There is so much depth between these two colors. 

Pictures or paintings that become black and white prints can be so varied.  They can promote the subject as being powerful, strong, and bold.  In turn, they can promote the subject as softly subtle and even gentle. 

Taking away the color from these types of replicas means that there is only emphasis on the subject.  It directs all of the attention to what is being portrayed.  The emotion is much easier to depict.  The mood is more tangible.  The overall dramatic flair of the photograph or painting comes through with an overwhelming degree of power and understanding when the color is removed from the scene. 

No one can deny that when a photograph or a painting is done in only two colors, it seems to create a sense of mystery, inviting all the senses at the same time.  There is something nostalgic about leaving the color behind. This is what makes black and white fine art photographic prints or giclees so appealing.


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