Street/ 11a and b

I was in London on Tuesday, and took one or two photographs whilst in Shoreditch. The pattern of light against this rather crumbly facade intrigued me. There are two images (one colour, one monochrome) and I want people to let me know which works for them, and why….

I thought this might work well in Black & White, and I showed a friend yesterday evening. Her immediate response was that the image is too ‘busy’ to work in Black & White. I’m not so sure. I prefer the play of the light in monochrome…

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So, don’t be shy, which one works best in your opinion?


  1. The man, a key element in the photo, gets lost in the black and white version. When I hide him with my finger, I prefer the B&W but when he’s there, I prefer the colour. Can he be brightened up?

  2. I like the black and white a lot.. especially that it put emphasis on the man’t shadow.

  3. I like the pink walls in the colour shot, but find the passing man distracting. In the B+W shot, he blends in well. So that is my favourite, for that reason.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. I love the colour version the most, but the B&W is fascinating too. Those splashes of sunlight look like ghostly figures having a cosy chat. 🙂

  5. Usually I prefer monochrome but in this instance I think the colour version works best. The ‘shadow’ seems to be another person on the wall which doesn’t match the walking man – spooky 🙂

  6. Definitely the color version for me that brings out more of the texture in the wall and makes it look old and weathered. The black and white just looks splotchy to me.

  7. I’m going with the colour version Sue! Your subject, the man on the phone, is much more evident in the colour version. I also like the faded red paint. Superb!

  8. I like the color photo for the mood is gives. The man also goes away in it. But I like the lighting and the color together.
    The black and white, the man really shows up and the street candid photo really shows well.
    Both versions are wonderful, and they create such different moods.

  9. I prefer the coloured one because of the large pink/ red wall, I like also the B&W but for me you lose then this special pink/ red wall. So I had to say that probably my prefered one is the one between both: you just keep the pink/red for the wall and all the rest in B&W.

  10. Colour works best for me. I actually think the light playing on the wall shows up better. In the mono version the light gets lost amongst the texture of the wall and doors. I do like the shot.

  11. Colour seems to be winning out here! And if I’m honest, I think I prefer it, much as I thought I might get a good monochrome image – I think the shapes are just not simple and bold enough for it to really work.

  12. I love the strength of the coloured photo, i think it’s watered down as a monochrome image.

  13. You can compare the two techniques…They are different and each takes you in a different direction.

  14. wonderful light & shadows

  15. I have a slight preference for the colour image because its softer, but I love both.

  16. I’m hopeless when it comes to these choices but how much fun that we get to enjoy both!

  17. An interesting choice! Normally I gravitate to b/w, and I do love the play of light, but agree with your friend about the busyness. Interestingly, the colour one is almost monochrome too, the reds are really all tonal and the man’s colours are not too far out of that spectrum. So, colour for me!

    • Thanks for commenting, Anna! I rather agree that the colour version is veering towards monochrome, it certainly has a limited palette. And is the most popular 🙂

  18. Colour, please! 🙂 It’s such a lovely old crumbly wall colour. Shame to lose it in B & W.

  19. I think the difference in feeling/mood in these two makes them both great. My preference is the coloured shot, partly because I like the red and black play.

  20. While I usually go for the monochrome, I really like the tones in the color version. Both are fantastic, so wonderfully composed and I love the light and shadow!

  21. I am partial to the BW but like both

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