Mono Street Expert
Matt Hart on finding a style
“I have always loved black & white images from the first shots my parents took of me to watching black & white TV. I was probably one of the strange people that didn’t like it when colour TV came along. I still prefer to watch black & white films – one of my favourites is Angel-A, directed by Luc Besson, just for the amazing lighting. I used black & white film in my cameras up to 14 years ago when I slowly moved over to digital. I think that’s why I just learned to think and see in black & white and look for texture and tone, and the way the light fell on the subject.
“I strive to get deep blacks to bright whites and all the tones across the range in my images. I just love black & white as a story-telling medium – colour, unless used correctly, can be so distracting. I feel black & white makes my images stand out from the crowd and after my ‘Year of black & white’ project in 2013 I realised it doesn’t limit my work but enables me to actually get more commissions and contracts. I find it very hard to create my own style in colour and I am even considering making a black & white YouTube channel.
“I shoot a lot of landscapes as well as street photography. Street has been historically linked to black & white images by Cartier-Bresson and Robert Doisneau. I don’t think we print enough images today to see how amazing black & white looks on paper. The cameras I use are the ones that give me the best RAW files to help me create the best black & white image in the shortest possible time, so I can get out and shoot again. I’m often asked if I set my cameras up in black & white, but I never have. I always shoot it RAW and process in Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro. I don’t look at the image file in-camera as it’s not a reflection of the way I see things.”
Matt is a pro photographer known for his black & white street images. He loves to share his passion for photography through workshops, and is the owner and creator of Fujiholics. youtube.com/user/matt6t6 Above & below Black & white perfectly suits Matt’s style of street photography and after many years of shooting in mono he understands the medium intimately.