The color black is the absence of color, the complete absorption of light and the complete opposite of white. Here is a series of images with nothing more in common with each other than the color black.
The colors in an image, both color and grayscale, play an important role in photography. The starkness of the color makes for a simple background color that will not distract the viewer from the main object. It can also be used to elicit a certain response the viewer. The color black is frequently associated with death, despair, hardship and can be easily brought forth to manipulate the viewer into those emotions.
Next week we will look at the color white.