Before digital, choosing B&W over color was a conscious and predetermined choice. You decided what you wanted and picked your film. The digital revolution has changed all that. With a few exceptions, all digital cameras capture color images. They generate images that exceed the quality of 35mm film and rival medium format and also offer the ability to choose B&W over color. So, what to do? Color or B&W? Coke or Pepsi?
I love working in B&W. As I said in my blog post on New York in the Snow, “B&W is just more subtle and interpretive than color photography. B&W images are not direct renditions of their subjects, but are abstractions from reality, representing colors in shades of grey. Wikipedia. B&W captures the essence of a scene, the very feeling of a scene without the distraction, the baggage if you will, of added color. The eye is free to see the substance of the scene without being overwhelmed with color."