Matthew Crompton, The Essential Skeleton of Light (Black and White)

The perception of colour is one of the most fundamental aspects of human experience. Yet even as we thrill at its vividness or beauty, it is also true that colour can be a distraction. What black and white photography distills, instead, is the essential skeleton of light -- pure form, pure dark and luminance, without the distorting intoxication that colour so often brings to an image. A photograph can either lose or -- often powerfully -- gain through the removal of colour from the frame, concentrating its sense of movement, of place, of moment or of drama or of line. It's these qualities for which I have selected this group of images, and in selecting them, have chosen to render them as in a chiaroscuro -- moments carved, purely, out of light and dark.