Images from childhood, Alexia Makridou, 2013.

According to research findings, “the absence of colours facilitates us to focus on subject matter, its shape, its texture, or the overall light and shade scale…Black-and-white photography because of its absence of sensory colour, is less realistic and naturalistic and tends to generalise and conceptualise the subject-matter; because of this detachment from reality, is more suitable for documentary photography” (Arnheim, 1957). Black-and-white photography can be regarded more intellectual and more demanding in terms of aesthetic than colour photography, which can be considered to give gratification for popular taste.Theo van Leeuwen’s, (2002, p. 343-368) examination of independent semiotic modes, enhance the power of monochrome images over colour images.“Black-and-white photographic images focus on shapes that require intellectual reflection, or distance from reality and thus explore aesthetic possibilities”. (Arnheim, 1957, p. 66)