Joanna Kustra’s portraits show the depth and intensity blackand-white can achieve
This image, ‘Sandra’, is the perfect example of a monochrome portrait. The background has been allowed to disappear into a near-solid black, making a strong, graphic shape from the model’s face. The horizontal shadows add a mysterious film noir effect and the eyes have a luminous, penetrating quality. There are practical advantages to shooting portraits in black-and-white, too. You don’t have to worry about colour balance or mixed lighting, for a start, and you can subtly adjust eyes, lips and skin tones by changing the colour mix during the black-and-white conversion. It’s also possible to push tonal contrasts much higher, to the point where colour images would simply look harsh.
sa ndra JOANNA KUSTRA Nikon D80, Nikon 50mm f/ 1.4, 1/60 sec, f/3.5, ISO500