Colour has meaning. Our eyes are naturally attracted to bright colours, or large surfaces with colour. It is one of the most powerful subconscious elements of images. It is why people “love” pictures of crap on instagram- because a nice filter has unified, warmed, and harmonised the colours creating a warm fuzzy feeling when we look at the image, regardless of the inane content. In many cases, colour fools us into feeling things that aren’t there and dissonant interpretations of scenes.
Lets take clothes as an example. Clothes are often colourful, stamped with brands and logos, designed specifically with the sole purpose of attracting people’s attention. These logos (through colour and other secondary elements) also give meanings and create subconscious associations which in turn play on our prejudices. People are often judged unconsciously more by the clothes they wear rather than by their ideas.
In backgrounds Cars, billboards, rubbish, and clothing also attract (distract) our attention. This plethora of information and attention seeking by colour is seldom relevant to my work and way of telling stories. By working in black and white, I can draw people’s attention back to the faces, contours, textures, and expressions of my subjects, allowing me to carve more relevant and coherent narratives. So that is the in-depth reasoning to why I prefer monochrome images.