Should I print this in color or B&W?

Updated on August 2, 2017 in Critique
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As Eric warns against in his guide to street photography, I think I’m too emotionally attached to this image and it’s clouding my judgment. Do you think the color or black-and-white image is stronger, and why?

On the one hand, the color image has patches of bright color that contrast well with the darker, more subtle parts of the image. On the other hand, the B&W version highlights the textures and contrasts. I’m kind of in love with both. Help!

I know Eric recommends sitting on images for months before looking at them… but I’m not that strong yet. LOL

What do you think?

 
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The blue and the yellow work really nicely and there is a lovely reciprocity between her bag and the frame in the colour version, But you still get the lovely texture of the ribcage. Something which is exaggerated in the black and white image. But having said that I think the black and white image is simpler and draws the eye to the focal point. Maybe as a print it might work better as long as it can retain that contrast.

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I prefer the colour. The colours in the window and her bag really work well. The only distraction in the colour photo is the brick wall, but in the BW I don’t find it distracting.

Both look nice but the colour ticks the box for me.

 

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Thanks for the feedback!

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