Black and white images have long held a wide appeal, even among non-photographers. Some believe mono pictures have a timeless feel, or at least a feel of a bygone age. Then there is the belief that textures, pattern, tone and light/shadow are all the more accentuated as the 'distraction' of colour is removed.
The above image, from the beach at Swanage, was made on a very dull and dour grey day and rain was in the air, mixing with the tangy sea spray from the waves breaking on the shore. I chose to compose this for its simplicity, knowing the movement of the water, the partial headland in the background, the dramatic sky and the simple pole marker would provide interest without 'cluttering' the scene