A world in black and white: Chicago photographer's stunning images of the city's residents going about their daily business

  • The work of this amateur photographer proves you don't need color for pictures to come to life
  • Jason M Peterson has been taking pictures for 25 years and constantly pushes the limits of his photography
  • With over 1 million followers on social media site Instagram, people are clearly impressed with his work

The work of this photographer proves you don't need color for pictures to come to life.??

Regularly posting on his Instagram page the Chicago-based photographer Jason M Peterson , who has been taking pictures for the past 25 years daily, constantly pushes his limits within the confines of black and white photography.?

'I'lI shoot photos that try and make you feel something,' he told Cover Images.

'Black and white is simply a way I feel makes you focus on the emotion of the photo with less distraction.?

'I am heavily inspired my early 1960's fashion photography, late 40's American street photography by the likes of Harry Callahan and Stanley Kubrick, as well as the more graphic craft of Hiroshi Sugimoto.'

And it seems that his efforts have paid off; with over 1 million followers on social media site Instagram, people are clearly impressed with his work.?

After 25 years of practise Peterson is an expert when it comes to bringing out the best in shadows, playing with angles and lines.

There ís nothing black and white about the work of photographer Jason M Peterson. Peterson is an expert when it comes to bringing out the best in shadows, playing with angles and lines. He photographed a women sobbing through the window of a waiting train, bringing a quiet simmering emotion to the shot

There ís nothing black and white about the work of photographer Jason M Peterson. Peterson is an expert when it comes to bringing out the best in shadows, playing with angles and lines. He photographed a women sobbing through the window of a waiting train, bringing a quiet simmering emotion to the shot

Regularly posting on his Instagram page the Chicago-based photographer, who has been taking pictures for the past 25 years daily, constantly pushes his limits within the confines of black and white photography. Taken after hours at Washington Gate Park, it captures a couple leaning into each other intimately as the snow is illuminated by the street lights behind

Regularly posting on his Instagram page the Chicago-based photographer, who has been taking pictures for the past 25 years daily, constantly pushes his limits within the confines of black and white photography. Taken after hours at Washington Gate Park, it captures a couple leaning into each other intimately as the snow is illuminated by the street lights behind

After 25 years of practise Peterson is an expert when it comes to bringing out the best in shadows, playing with angles and lines. In this picture using a portrait frame to capture the high rise buildings and narrow streets, bringing a degree of tension to the image

After 25 years of practise Peterson is an expert when it comes to bringing out the best in shadows, playing with angles and lines. In this picture using a portrait frame to capture the high rise buildings and narrow streets, bringing a degree of tension to the image

'I'lI shoot photos that try and make you feel something,' he told Cover Images. 'Black and white is simply a way I feel makes you focus on the emotion of the photo with less distraction'. A night shot capturing the Statue of Liberty in the foreground and the New York skyline afar, two streaks of light burst into the sky bringing life to the image

'I'lI shoot photos that try and make you feel something,' he told Cover Images. 'Black and white is simply a way I feel makes you focus on the emotion of the photo with less distraction'. A night shot capturing the Statue of Liberty in the foreground and the New York skyline afar, two streaks of light burst into the sky bringing life to the image

Describing his inspirations, he said he was heavily inspired my early 1960's fashion photography, late 40's American street photography by the likes of Harry Callahan and Stanley Kubrick, as well as the more graphic craft of Hiroshi Sugimoto

Describing his inspirations, he said he was heavily inspired my early 1960's fashion photography, late 40's American street photography by the likes of Harry Callahan and Stanley Kubrick, as well as the more graphic craft of Hiroshi Sugimoto

With over 1 million followers on social media site Instagram, people are clearly impressed with his work

With over 1 million followers on social media site Instagram, people are clearly impressed with his work

A constant them of Peterson's work is trees pictured from afar, suggesting deep rooted emotions. Capturing this shot with the sun peaking through the leaves, it evokes a positive, care-free spirit

A constant them of Peterson's work is trees pictured from afar, suggesting deep rooted emotions. Capturing this shot with the sun peaking through the leaves, it evokes a positive, care-free spirit

Peterson, who is Chicago-based, caught this picture of a dark street illuminated by the stage show lights while a lonely figure walking beneath the sign interrupts white space?

Peterson, who is Chicago-based, caught this picture of a dark street illuminated by the stage show lights while a lonely figure walking beneath the sign interrupts white space?

A plane landing near a corn crop field presented a range of challenges for the photographer including timing, glare and angle

A plane landing near a corn crop field presented a range of challenges for the photographer including timing, glare and angle

Toying with angles and dimensions, the photographer placed his camera upside down to capture this playful snap

Toying with angles and dimensions, the photographer placed his camera upside down to capture this playful snap

Highlighting the size difference between man and beast, this shot captured at an aquarium reminds the viewer how vast and expansive the ocean is

Highlighting the size difference between man and beast, this shot captured at an aquarium reminds the viewer how vast and expansive the ocean is

Taken from stage center during an A$AP ROCKY concert, the shot captures the juxtaposition of the energetic crowd in the background and the relative calm of the performer in the foreground

Taken from stage center during an A$AP ROCKY concert, the shot captures the juxtaposition of the energetic crowd in the background and the relative calm of the performer in the foreground

Finding transport fertile terrain for good imagery, this shot shows a child lost in thought while what looks to be his mother busies herself with her bag

Finding transport fertile terrain for good imagery, this shot shows a child lost in thought while what looks to be his mother busies herself with her bag

This shot captures the moment just before a swimmer crashes into the water. A second later and the subject would have been obscured by water, a second sooner and his face covered by the rest of his body

This shot captures the moment just before a swimmer crashes into the water. A second later and the subject would have been obscured by water, a second sooner and his face covered by the rest of his body

This shot reflects the quiet solitude of a pitcher moments before he throws the ball at his target, surrounded by thousands of baying fans at a Chicago Cubs game

This shot reflects the quiet solitude of a pitcher moments before he throws the ball at his target, surrounded by thousands of baying fans at a Chicago Cubs game

Capturing the pouring rain of the city over its train tracks, this atmospheric shot was liked more than 100,000 times on Instagram

Capturing the pouring rain of the city over its train tracks, this atmospheric shot was liked more than 100,000 times on Instagram

With over 1 million followers on social media site Instagram, people are clearly impressed with his work

With over 1 million followers on social media site Instagram, people are clearly impressed with his work

This shot of a bridge over water plays with reflections and shape to give an abstract feel to the snap

This shot of a bridge over water plays with reflections and shape to give an abstract feel to the snap

A performer is illuminated by a long strip of light while the rest of the image is covered in darkness

A performer is illuminated by a long strip of light while the rest of the image is covered in darkness

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