The Challenge of B&W

I find shooting black and white challenging. With the history of photography pointing back toward black and white photos being the formal and artful way to shoot (until Eggleston rocked the boat,) today it’s hard to shoot anything without it looking aesthetically “goodish”. It’s all about getting those tones right, using contrast in the right amount, and getting the composition. 

I started a recent challenge of shooting only Tri-X to see how that classic film look works with my way of shooting today. I’m not sure which of these is working actually. Am I shooting like a color photographer without the color? Or am I changing the way I shoot based on an expectation of what makes a good b&w photo?

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