You might heard of the trend “Be Careful Who You Bully Challenge” or the “Nature Photography Challenge”. Now, here is a new hashtag that takes over social media platforms from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumbler, to Pinterest. They call it #BlackandWhiteChallenge.
This trend is mostly a photography thing. People joining on the bandwagon posts pictures of themselves or other objects within 30 days to showcase their photography skills.
Your world in black and white. pic.twitter.com/EgyVCD1yDG
— Ghill Lance Larombe (@iamghill) August 26, 2016
Black and White photos is not a new thing. In fact, long before the advents of colored films and digital camera, Black and White was the only option (where later came sepia tone) during the late 19th century.
For photographers, black and white photos can express a distinct character that colored pictures cannot. Black and white pictures have the advantage of expressing emotions, a distinct fashion statement, or a powerful personality. Graphics might be monochromatic in the black and white binary, but the objects become clearer on the focal point.
Of course, not all photos are good in the black and white setting. Some are better off colored. But, it really depends on the photographer. For people prefer black and white photos if they want to express vintage or classical style. Many videographers and cinematographer even use the method to signify time. Some photographer cleverly filter photos to black and white to conceal some imperfections.
Though not confirmed yet, many people are confused about the purpose of the #BlackandWhiteChallenge trend. Some say its a cause for fighting cancer (which I personally question). Some say it is encouraging people to love photography as a higher form of art. Well, the latter reason sounds more reasonable than by linking the online fad to an incurable disease.
However, as what it show now, #BlackandWhiteChallenge is another avenue to express vanity in social media. Giving them the benefit of the doubt, if the trends connects us to cancer patients, I think it is a very good thing.
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