“Why are so many in black and white? I like color.” Those were my sister’s words when I emailed her some of the images I was taking on Kona, The Big Island of Hawai’i. I’m sure a lot of people feel that way about photography- they like things in color regardless of whether it is appropriate for the image.
I found Hawai’i to be ideal for black and white the way NYC is ideal for black and white. The overwhelming land mass is black volcanic rock and the sky is perpetually overcast. There isn’t actually a huge range of color like one might imagine in a tropical paradise.
One specific place I shot a lot of black and white images was Black Sands Beach on the south end of Kona. It’s a really unique place where sea turtles nest, protected from people solely by an arrangement of rocks as a 6 inch high barrier and a sign saying “don’t disturb the turtles” in English and Japanese.
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