Looking at black and white photography makes me want to put some Bon Iver and Sigur Ros on Spotify, light a few relaxing candles and fade into the evening with a lovely warm cup of tea (which is exactly what I’m doing as I write this…).
These photographs are the latest from one of my favourite London street photographers, John Kortland, who I finally had the pleasure to meet in person last week over a lunch break.
A winter cigarette, a passionate public embrace, the play of light and shadows among the crowds, an intimate cafe conversation. Like all of his shots, they tell stories, but there’s something deeper (perhaps a greater sense of emotion) that emerges when the colour is stripped away.
John normally shoots in colour, as you’ve seen in previous blog posts, but I think he has a knack for black and white, don’t you?
What are your thoughts on black and white photography?
Catch up with some of the previous entries featuring John Kortland’s work here or if you missed out on his London Art Spot interview, you’ll want to click here.
I’m am seriously loving John Kortland‘s awesome contributions to the Flickr pool lately, so this post is dedicated to him. He has a fantastic eye for street photography, for capturing those little moments (at just the right moment) that make living in this city so amusing.
People watching has got to be one of the best ways to pass time in London, seeing little glimpses of a stranger’s personality, wondering about where they came from, what their story is and where they’re going. Just watching life unfold, really. And life unfolds in a pretty interesting way around here sometimes.
Here’s a few of the moments that may have gone unnoticed had John not been around with his camera! Enjoy.
To the rest of you, be sure to stop by his page and give this talented photographer a little virtual handshake. John’s been into photography for about 30 years now and being retired, he’s got lots of time to poke his lens around London’s busy streets.