Ever since I began my journey as a photographer, I have always loved black & white photography. My very first pictures taken on a toy camera were black & white. During my time in college, I spent many hours & days developing different concoctions with chemicals and different types of paper to get that personal look one strives for. An example would be, processing Ilford C41 film, in paper developer for 3 minutes instead of 10 minutes in film developer, giving you a very grainy, contrasted image. I would then print on Agfa fiber-based paper for added contrast. Ideas were being swapped between colleges, trying to achieve the most arty farty ideas one could create. Today it’s digital. In the early days, it was very hard & frustrating to replicate the look of B&W film, especial when printed on personal printers. We have come a long way. Now we can produce a beautiful print, depending on your taste & style. As you can see from my work, my style is grainy, gritty with a lot of contrast. It still requires a recipe of Photoshop actions to achieve this look but the result is gorgeous. Ilford & other companies are now producing beautiful inkjet papers, giving us the look I was once able to achieve back in college.