When you photograph people in colour, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!Ted Grant, Canadian photographer
For most photographers the old town of Hoi An is a riot of colour, as it was for me too. The beautiful lanterns adorning the streets; the rich ochre of its buildings; the traditional costumes worn by many Vietnamese visitors; the boats bobbing on the river …
But I also took a lot of street photos there, and traditionally most street photographers work in black and white. Perhaps the quote from Ted Grant above explains why? Personally I tend to use sometimes colour, sometimes monochrome. For some images I am clear in my mind which of the two works better; on other occasions I find myself in two minds, torn between the two.
For Tina’s Lens Artists Challenge theme of ‘One Photo Two Ways’ I thought it would be fun to share a selection of the photos I took in Hoi An, presented in both formats, and ask you which you prefer. Let’s see if you all chose the same option in each case, and if it’s the one that I too favour!
All B&W edits were created using Silver Efex Pro 2, one of the Nik Collection of editing tools.
I visited Hoi An in early 2020, just before the Covid pandemic took hold