Hi, I'm Niki, a UK fine art photographer specialising in black & white images of London. I always aim to capture the true character of the city, from its famous landmarks to its vibrant street-life.

Why Use Colour in Black & White Prints? Read on…

March 26th, 2013

For years, I have photographed purely in black and white.  For me it suits London as a city, with its watery light, strong buildings and rushing people,  and as I always aim for form and line in my images, black and white focuses the eye on these elements beautifully.  But for the Park Plaza County Hall’s bedroom prints, adding a touch of colour seemed absolutely right.  Suddenly, the opportunity of reflecting the rich and warm colour palette of yellows and purples within the black and white, added a playful and stylish new dimension to my images.  Without going overboard with total technicolour, the gentle colouring of certain elements within the photograph  –  such as a sky or an item of clothing  –  threw the remaining black and white areas into dramatic relief, giving an unusual and interesting new look to some classic London images.  No cliched red buses here, just a coming together of complimentary tones to create an exciting painterly effect.  I still think pure black and white prints look wonderfully striking but there’s no doubt that in certain design settings, a touch of colour can work a treat  — definitely something to bear in mind for the future.


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