I love the of simplicity and depth that you find in black and white photography, somehow by stripping out colour you can add emotion and atmosphere. I often see images where the colours are like a pre tantrum toddler yelling 'look at me! look at me! look at me now!' but don't deliver an interesting or pleasing sight..
Saul Leiters use of reflections, light, shadow and distortion via rain or movement blows me away, not only because his photographs are so thoughtfully and beautifully composed, amazing when considering the unpredictable nature of street photography, but and this is the part that's important to me, the colours, they accentuate rather than diminish the image! Although Leiter shot in both colour and black and white it's the colour photography that moves me.
The overall mood of Leiters street photography images for me provokes early childhood memories of visits to Bristol City Centre (or any busy built up area with lots of people). Fascinating when his street photography has decribed as follows ' He sought out moments of quiet humanity in the Manhattan maelstrom, forging a unique urban pastoral from the most unlikely of circumstances'
Who knew 1970's Broadmead would be my 1950's Manhattan.