Initially I was surprised to see that Queen Elizabeth's latest official birthday photograph was in glorious black and white. But now I've had time to reflect I think it was a good decision on the whole. It brought out, as David Bailey said, the twinkle in her eye.
The birthday portrait is certainly different from the various images of the monarch that we've become used to over the years, since the advent of colour photography.
The photo reminds me of the time when newsworthy images of the royals were always in black and white.
Here I've placed a couple of my own colour photos taken in Venice with their black and white versions together. For the 'experiment' I selected original pictures with not much colour in them.
Now, having done that, I can't make up my mind which I prefer.
Maybe it will happen that I will prefer both versions. When I'm feeling practical and modern I might prefer the coloured ones, and when I'm nostalgic and reflective I might prefer the black and white ones.
In the next post I will repeat experiment using more colourful originals.
Top: A gallery in Giudecca, Venice.
Bottom: Canal scene in Dorsoduro, Venice.