What came back was a bit of a surprise. Despite me being a big fan of color and really wanting to define myself as a "colorful photographer", the most popular images were black and white. One friend even went as far as to say that I should choose just black and white images to help me stand-apart.
I'll be honest... my heart sank. I don't want to be identified by my black-and-white images, or as the "black-and-white" photographer. Granted, these are just opinions and I am the ultimate decision-maker in how I define my work but it was a little jarring to realize that people connect more with my black and whites. Since I create images for other people, I cannot completely ignore what this is telling me.
There could be some logical reasons for this, of course.
First, I will readily admit that some images have a particular emotional pull for me and that, in many of these cases, I choose to edit those images as black and white because the color can distract from the emotion. So, maybe what people are reacting to is this relationship my black-and-white choices have to the emotionality of the images?
Secondly, maybe people, in general, prefer black and white images. Maybe I am alone in loving the beauty of color.
Lastly, of course, it could be that the way I process color images is not appealing.
Although I want to personally define how I creatively process images, I am interested in hearing YOUR constructive opinions here.
What do you think is behind this? Is there something about my color images that is lacking for you? If so what? Or am I totally overanalyzing this?
If you need some reference point, I invite you to visit my website: www.mbymphotos.com and click on Portfolio, or visit my Flickr Stream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/britvixen/.
What think you?