Moody black and white portraits

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Black and white portraits of man

When Aidan approached me for black and white portrait photography my brief was, could I create some moody black and white portraits?

As you’ll see below, I’ve created a variety of moody black and white portraits that project the personality Aidan wanted.  Hard lighting and deep shadows create a strong masculine form.  I’ve added a split tone to some images with blue undertones and warm highlights to create even starker monochrome photographs.

Moody black and white profile portrait. I've used a back light to give separation from the background behind him so his back didn't melt into it.

Moody black and white profile portrait. I've used a back light to give separation from the background behind him so his back didn't melt into it.

His physique is chiselled out using hard light and deep shadows to create a strong monochrome photograph.

His physique is chiselled out using hard light and deep shadows to create a strong monochrome photograph.

The man's side abdominal muscles are well formed.  I used a back light again to separate his back from the background.

The man's side abdominal muscles are well formed. I used a back light again to separate his back from the background.

Looking away from the camera keeps the viewer's attention on the man's physique and creates a more powerful image.

Looking away from the camera keeps the viewer's attention on the man's physique and creates a more powerful image.

Black and white doesn't get moodier than this as he's only illuminated with back lights.

Black and white doesn't get moodier than this as he's only illuminated with back lights.

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About the author: Director, Photographer & Artist of PatB Photography. Award winning photographer and member of SWPP & SIFGP. Featured in cosmopolitan.co.uk, Photo Pro, Alt Fashion. Clients include; BT, Samurai Sports, ItalClean, KeyAgent & AutoTrader.

3 comments… add one

  • Great Shots! What did you use as backdrop?

  • It’s simply a black cloth backdrop :-)

  • Beverley

    The last image has the edge – very moody and defined – the others are a bit ‘hairy’ for me.

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