14 Stunning Portraits Show the Beauty of Black-And-White Wildlife Photography

Photo: Johan Swanepoel/Shutterstock.

When we think of wildlife photography, we usually think of images with vivid colors. Most of the time, the colors tell as much of the story as the pose or behavior of the animal photographed -- most of the time, but not always. Sometimes, taking out the color actually helps our eye to see form, pattern and expression that could otherwise be missed when we're distracted by vibrant hues and tones. Black and white photography reduces how much information our eyes and brain need to take in, and the results can mean an even more powerful, compelling, and simply gorgeous photographs. The images below are perfect examples. Feast your eyes on these monochromatic pieces of art.

swan
aliasemma/Shutterstock
lion
Moments by Mullineux /Shutterstock
starlings
xpixel /Shutterstock
baby elephant
Johan Swanepoel/Shutterstock
owl
Johan Swanepoel/Shutterstock
orangutan
Nagel Photography/Shutterstock
red deer
Mark Caunt/Shutterstock
peacock
Pan Xunbin /Shutterstock
cape buffalo
Donovan van Staden /Shutterstock
impala
Johan Swanepoel /Shutterstock
leopard
JI de Wet /Shutterstock
mustangs
Inge Jansen /Shutterstock
egret
Teri Franzen/MNN Flickr Group