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Black and white photography was once a result of the film you bought, today it can also be a function of the processing you use. Black and White still retains its mantle as the purest form of photography. It’s about contrast, tonality, getting to the essence of a subject. This photograph was taken with artificial light, a flash that focuses light on the subject. Photography is all about light and artificial light is about putting light where it’s needed (a judgment call). The photograph is also centered, a composition that leaves no doubt about the subject of the photograph. All of these choices in-camera and behind the computer go into the making of a photograph, an image that has texture and meaning. In my own attempts at black and white photography, I have found getting the right amount of contrast has been a challenge and in some cases I have erred on the side of too little.