Black and white photography 

In black and white photography, you are not able to use colour to distinguish one element of your image from another. Instead, you can use different shadows and variations of light to create varying tones. Try photographing the same subject at different times of day or seasons to see how the subject looks in different light.

 

Image of subjects in colour
Dougal and Hawea Austin, Norm Heke, 2009.
Dougal and Hawea Austin, Norm Heke, 2009.

Image of subjects in black and white
Dougal and Hawea Austin, Norm Heke, 2009.
Dougal and Hawea Austin, Norm Heke, 2009.

See two examples of Brake's black and white photography below:

 

Shearers. Taken for 'New Zealand, gift of the sea' (1963) 1960, Brake, Brian (1927–1988), New Zealand. Gift of Mr Raymond Wai-Man Lau, 2001. Te Papa
Shearers. Taken for 'New Zealand, gift of the sea' (1963) 1960, Brake, Brian (1927–1988), New Zealand. Gift of Mr Raymond Wai-Man Lau, 2001. Te Papa
'Thoughtful rest' circa 1946, Brake, Brian (1927–1988), New Zealand. Purchased 2007. Te Papa
'Thoughtful rest' circa 1946, Brake, Brian (1927–1988), New Zealand. Purchased 2007. Te Papa