Andy Brown • Monochromatic Marvels

Humans see the world in colour, so is this why we retain a fascination for the black and white? Andy Brown examines why we continue to be dazzled and intrigued by the monochrome

Why should it be that, with all the technologically advanced colour reproductive equipment we as photographers have at our disposal, black and white imagery remains as enduringly prevalent today as it was in the early 19th century, when a certain Louis Daguerre introduced the first silver/copper-plated photographs? Therein lies the crux of the matter, because answering this is impossible given that there is no all-encompassing singular response to such a subjective question. Perhaps then, a better enquiry is to ask yourself what it is that appeals to you about black and white imagery, and then focus on the answer as your inspiration – if you can understand your particular ‘why?’ then you are a long way towards arriving at the ‘how?’.

Your reasoning may revolve around the plain fact that monochrome is utterly alien to the manner in which we perceive the world with our own eyes, revealing a hitherto unparalleled sense of the unique, aided by mystery and intrigue. Or, instead, you may be inspired by the removal of colour distraction and how it evokes simplicity and a renewed importance of structure, pattern, form and shape. Perhaps the creative challenge pulls you in, or there is an increased emphasis on light interaction to really make a scene pop. Maybe it is the ...

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Andy Brown

An ardent devotee to most genres of landscape photography, Andy’s primary fervour and passion is for mono and split-toned, ultra long exposure imagery.

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