What makes mono so spe­cial?

Practical Photography (UK) - - Mono Masterclass -

Black & white pho­tog­ra­phy has en­dured into the dig­i­tal age and shows no signs of los­ing its ap­peal, de­spite the huge num­ber of edit­ing op­tions now avail­able. Mono im­ages have a unique power to en­thral the viewer and pre­sent­ing your work in black & white adds a sense of grav­i­tas to in­stantly raise it to the realm of fine art.

GRAPHIC COM­PO­SI­TION CRE­ATES A PU­RITY OF VI­SION

Stripped of the dis­tract­ing in­flu­ence of colour, this image be­comes a study in pure graph­i­cal com­po­si­tion. Lines, shapes and tex­tures are em­pha­sised, adding to the majesty of this stark land­scape.

TONAL­ITY UTILISES LIGHT & SHADE FOR IM­PACT

With colour re­moved, it is the vari­a­tion in tones that de­fine this image. From the deep shad­ows that line the wa­ter edge, through the mid greys of the heath­land and up to the high­lights in the wa­ter and clouds this image is built on its range of tonal­ity.

TIME­LESS QUAL­ITY OF­FERS A UNIQUE PER­SPEC­TIVE

This image could have been made last week or last cen­tury. Black & white pho­to­graphs are not tied to any par­tic­u­lar era and tran­scend the va­garies of fash­ion and changes in pre­sen­ta­tion styles.

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