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Back to Black

As mention in last week’s blog post, this week we will explore living in black and white.

Assuming I am not alone in this frame of thought, the first thing I think of with living in black and white, paired with the other stereotypical thing, is like how to look like a New Yorker 101.


“Life is in color, but black and white is more realistic.”

-Samuel Fuller


This topic was prompted by the fact that I realize and admit black is an essential color for wardrobes, etc. Everyone needs a little black dress or a black purse, boots, and jeans, among other things. But unfortunately the reason I am thinking about black clothes is in preparation for a funeral service.


As I mentioned, black is an essential color. If you are someone who struggles with putting outfits together, black should be your go to as it is neutral and very versatile. But if you have graduated to aiming to achieve more complex looks, black is a great color to play around with. I believe black to be very special in the sense that it looks very different when different textures. For example, combining elements of cotton, linen, velvet, leather, or suede in one look adds a lot of depth and dimension you cannot achieve with other colors.


From a design standpoint, you begin everything in black and white. If something does not hold itself up in black and white, there is a flaw in the design. From a personal, more artistic standpoint, I believe there to be a certain beauty and sophistication associated with black and/or white art.


Below, I inserted a picture of a drawing I made a while back. The lack of color was intentional in order to imply a sense of edgy, illustrative modernness.


“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!”

– Ted Grant