“Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.” —Robert Frank
In general, I think life can be better explained in terms of continua than dichotomies. Or to put it simply — it’s not so much black and white as shades of grey.
Even black and white photography is rarely, truly, black and white.
As someone who experiences periods of depression, I know the subtle on-going dance of hope and despair. The trick is learning to recognise and find expression for it.
Making photos helps; turning my focus outward and allowing me to shape new stories to tell — if only to myself.
The difference between hope and despair is a different way of telling stories from the same facts. — Alain de Botton