What makes black and white photography so important to you?
To me, black and white photography is photography in its purest sense. The timeless and classic look always fascinates me. Also, in our daily life we have to deal with a lot of expressions and emotions. A monochrome photo, gives you the possibility to define your subject and story, without it being distracted by colors. Color photographs can be fantastic and beautiful. But with colors you always have an extra dimension to work with, as a photographer.
I have often wondered why a black and white photo attracts me as a viewer. In many cases I think it is the simplicity, calmness, the more defined composition and story, that does it. Other times it is the strong graphical effect, strongly defined composition, and light/shadow combination.