The King of (not a) Color

The king of  (not a) color hands down is………..

Black is associated with power, elegance, formality, death, evil, and mystery.

Black is a mysterious color associated with fear and the unknown (black holes). It usually has a negative connotation (blacklist, black humor, ‘black death’). Black denotes strength and authority; it is considered to be a very formal, elegant, and prestigious color (black tie, black Mercedes). In heraldry, black is the symbol of grief.

But wait, black is the absence of all color and the absence of light. Black hides, while white brings to light. What black covers, white uncovers.

So what about black and white?

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El Tigre, Antigua, Guatemala, Central America.

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In this image of the Snow Raven, black brings the detail and white looses detail.

Snow Raven

In this Hoarfrost image the detail is clearly presented by the white.

HoarfrostCompared to colorful designs where catchy colors help the image to stand out, in black-and-white designs the ability to stand out depends only on its ability to communicate rather than on its appealing visual presentation.


Beautiful black and white photography doesn’t attract with its play of colors. Close attention to composition, lighting, perspective and the context it is shot in are important.

Gorge BridgeSo the bottom line is, black is the absence of color (and is therefore not a color).

Secret AgentWhite is the blending of all colors and is a color.

Jo IceSo combining the two in a well planned batch of digital gigibyts is what makes a good image.

OK, enough already! Here’s some images utilizing one color and one “not” a color.


Christmas Tree Cave, Grand Canyon National Park.

Tree CaveBald Eagle in flight. Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.

Bald EagleSnow Fish, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Snow FishSUP, Paddle Boarder, Panama, Central America.

Paddle Boarder Bighorn Sheep, Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.

Young RamBoulder Snow, Rio Grande river, New Mexico.

Boulder SnowHonduran Dock, West End, Honduras, Central America.

Honduran DockTalley View, Big Bend National Park, Texas.

Talley ViewCan Tops (in water)

Can Tops

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About Britt Runyon

A New Mexico based free roaming outdoor digital photographer, always on the qui vive for what Nature and humans provide.
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