Only black and white
Wildlife photography has a rich heritage, mainly in colour. Yet David’s books and exhibitions almost exclusively feature black and white photos. Why the deviation? He has his reasons…
Why are all of your prints in black and white?
Black and white is an abstraction, not reality, and I like that. The bestselling pictures are usually black and white as the format is timeless, and involves a blend of perception and reality. Plus I’m not a National
Geographic photographer, I’m a fine art photographer. Just imagine a colour portrait of a man wearing red trousers and a green jumper. His colourful clothes would divert attention away from his face and the story. Colour can distract as much as it can inform. No wonder Andy Warhol once famously said that his favourite colour was black and his other favourite colour was white. Matisse said that it took him 40 years to discover that the most brilliant colour is black. Giorgio Armani and Tom Ford would presumably agree.