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30-04-11, 07:16 AM
Join Date: Jul 2009
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What's your experience of the 'public' reaction to black and white prints? Clearly it's a favourite with many photographers, but our club also has a 'Peoples Choice' voting system during our annual exhibition..... lots of pictures get at least a few votes from casual punters but I shouldn't think anybody's voted (in numbers, at least) for a b&w print since the club was founded in the 60s.
As far as the 'public voting' is concerned I really have no idea, there isn't a 1-2-3 published, just the winner.
What I can say is that whilst stewarding and answering visitors' questions it always amazes me that the non-photographically aware ones seem to think that B+W is a new phenomenon and usally say how they find the experience of seeing a good B+W quite impactful. The older ones usually say "I see B+W is still used".
Newcomers to the club seem somewhat bemused by the genre and have little or no understanding what B+W is all about, whilst others give it a go thinking just pressing the convert to B+W is all that is required.
As far as the best in show is concerned it's regarded by some as a poison chalice, with remarks such as 'It's the ultimate Chocolate Box picture award".
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