Why Monochrome?

Why Monochrome?

The simple answer to that is that I like it.


But if you prefer a  longer and more convoluted answer, then read on………………..


For me monochrome photography strips away all the distractions and exposes shape and form, focusing attention on  what’s really there – the basics, the essence, without the complication of colour.

I spend longer looking at monochrome images than I do at those in colour. There is more to see in them. Monochrome photography can make the mundane interesting and can turn the often-overlooked  into something special.


Canadian photojournalist , Ted Grant, is quoted as saying:

“When you photograph people in colour, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black-and-white, you photograph their souls”

man and dog fl&web

Or as John Wayne put it:

“If everything isn’t black and white, I say “Why the hell not?”



Of course there are places where colour photography really comes in to its own: on advertisement hoardings, in holiday brochures (anyone fancy a beach hotel on mid-grey sand under a deep grey sky looking out onto a mottled grey sea?????), in family albums and most of all to showcase all that is wonderful in the natural world, but…….

……..There just ain’t no place for it in the MonoZone.




Red, umbrella, colourpop

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