Mono Street Ex­pert

Matt Hart on find­ing a style

Practical Photography (UK) - - Mono Masterclass -

“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.

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