To see in color is a delight for the eye, but to see in black and white is a delight for the soul – Andri Cauldwell
For this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #70, we’re inviting you to explore the world of monochrome–which includes black and white and sepia, as well as different shades of one color.
For those of us who always shoot images in color, monochrome may seem dull at first. But it has many benefits. It can highlight texture in a shot–like these rough and smooth stones in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin.
I think it’s because it was an emotional story, and emotions come through much stronger in black and white. Color is distracting in a way, it pleases the eye but it doesn’t necessarily reach the heart. – Kim Hunter
Monochrome can also add drama, mystery, and emotion to a shot–which is why I used it in this photo of the infamous Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin, where many rebel prisoners were killed during the Irish Uprising.
I’ve been forty years discovering that the queen of all colors is black. – Henri Mattise
Monochrome can also add old-world charm to your photos–like this shot of Roman rooftops–which could have been taken hundreds of years ago, instead of just last year. Monochrome also eliminates distracting colors. So, in this shot, the viewer can focus on the beautiful geometry of the domes and spires and various buildings.
One very important difference between color and monochromatic photography is this: in black and white you suggest; in color you state. Much can be implied by suggestion, but statement demands certainty… absolute certainty.– Paul Outerbridge
Monochrome literally means “one color.” So, it also gives you the opportunity to explore different tones and shades within one color–in this case, yellow.
This week, we invite you to explore Monochrome for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #70. You can include images in black and white, sepia, and/or different shades of one color. For an extra challenge, try adding a bit of color to a black and white image. In your post, include a link to this post. (Links from the Reader are not working correctly.) Use the Lens-Artists tag to help us find you. For instructions on how to join us, click here.
Thanks to all of you who participated in Tina’s fun “Seeing Double” challenge last week. I loved the variety and creativity of your responses to her theme.
Did You See These?
- Viveka treats us to some great doubles–even hamburgers.
- Raj shows us “When Two Is Company!”
- Ana at Anvica’s Gallery highlights “Seeing Double” in fire, smoke, and flowers.
Next week, our talented Ann Christine will host Challenge #71, so please be sure to stop by her site.
As always, Amy, Tina, Ann-Christine, and I hope you will join us. We thank you for your continued support of our photo challenge.