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budapest great market hall in b&w
gray shaded market

Budapest Great Market Hall

Budapest Great Market Hall

Black and white photography is the cheapest way to time travel.  I didn't plan this type of photo editing when we were photographing the Great Market Hall in Budapest but while fiddling around in Lightroom, I discovered that I really liked these market shots in grays, blacks, and whites.  The black and white brought out the old feel of this place: the train station-inspired architecture has not changed much since 1896, the vendors sell the same types of goods sold throughout the Communist and Hapsburg regimes, and the people shop here as they always have in Budapest.

Great Market Hall Budapest

Paprika Produce at Budapest Great Market Hall
Garlic at Budapest Great Market Hall

Foie gras

Budapest meat vendor
Budapest Great Market Hall pickles Pick sausages
Paprika Tokaji

Budapest produce Great Market Hall

Chile peppers Budapest Great Market Hall
Budapest Great Market Hall Budapest Great Market Hall
I know that this is an unusual way to present market photography.  Normally, we're attracted by the bright vivid colors of the market but I thought there was something soothing (though maybe not as appetizing) in these black and white shots.  I'm curious - what do you think?  Do you think the black and white works here or would you prefer to see these shots in color?