From one street photographer to another, Eric Kim recently discussed with James Maher what factors they consider when determining whether their street photography should be portrayed in color or B&W. James’ main rule he lives by is that “If color doesn’t add anything to a scene, then I take it out” and that’s exactly what I did in post with this photograph as we walked the town of Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas amidst the duty-free shops.
I love street photography and sometimes I get the impression that people feel they need to automatically revert to B&W because it’s expected in the genre. I personally prefer vibrant colors in my photographs but I can see the appeal towards B&W with street shooters because it goes back to its inception and because the absence of color can at times contribute more to a scene by not distracting the viewer with anything other than drawing the attention to the main subject.
The easiest part about being a photographer is taking the photo. The hardest part is waiting for that moment to arrive because it takes a lot of patience. Nobody really enjoys to be kept waiting around but if you’re the type that always has a camera with you, if you’re endlessly curious about anything and you’re wise in using the time you’ve casually been given while your spouse entertains the idea of owning everything that’s sparkly, then you can take some respectable shots without feeling rushed. This was the case with me here and I recall it vividly as I waited for Vanessa while she browsed inside a jewelry store.