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.
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.
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.
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.