Creating a sense of texture, the tactile quality of objects is subtler, but a quality we strive to enhance. Texture is a quality that helps the illusion of reality in the black and white photograph. Portraying the surface quality of objects, making trees ‘feel like trees’, rocks ‘feel jagged’ and water, ‘smooth’. Clouds ‘light and delicate’. The feeling that we could touch the objects with our hand and feel all their textures. Every object and surface have their own ‘texture signature’ that we need to identify then enhance.
A critical subject of the black and white photography workshops is teaching spacial depth. Spatial depth is creating the feeling of one object in front of another and how one object is closer to us than another. If we do, we then create a black and white photograph with the illusion of real depth; the real feeling we can walk right into and around the photograph. Spatial depth gives a reality that transforms the black and white photograph we merely look at, to one we psychologically engage with and explore.
The black and white photograph is an optical illusion; making our brain believe we are seeing objects when, reality is it is just a collection of black and white tones. If we have incorporated all the above qualities, we have probably created a convincing optical illusion. However, three-dimension is also an overall, cohesive quality. The black and white photography workshops teach how we can improve its three-dimensional feel through adjusting the tones to correctly portray what happens in real life.
Lastly, mood, drama and atmosphere. The more artistic quality. This is creating a black and white photograph with soul, the feeling of something extra present than what you just see. It is the human creativity and artistic component of the black and white photograph. It is the quality a machine cannot recreate, the quality that makes the image your own personal work of artistic expression. Combining all these qualities above, is so you can communicate your opinion, vision and idea about the scene.