TPL: The circus is a place of colour and light. How come you chose to use black and white for your photo essay? Especially since your photos in your Instagram gallery are otherwise often colourful. How do you decide what should be presented in black and white and what in colour?
SV: If you look closely you’ll notice that only 62 of my 309 images in my Instagram gallery so far are colour images. That alone proves I’m a B&W guy. As you said circus is a place of colour and light. The light, however, is never constant and therefore you must start using high ISO values. That leads to colour noise. I shoot B&W for all classic reasons. It’s a creative choice. When you shoot for black and white, you challenge yourself to remove the distraction of colour. These include colour casts and differences in colour temperature (ambient light sources), as well as specific colourful elements that are strong, which may reside in the background or take away from your story. I even set my camera for B&W. That results in B&W photos on my LCD and in my viewfinder and allows me to better see lighting, shape and form.
I reserve colour mainly for travels, family snapshots and random weddings and funerals. The light must really be something special if I otherwise start shooting in colour. Of course I recognise a good colour photograph when I see one.