Monochromatic film photographs seem more dramatic since the images are portrayed as a single hue. But what exactly does monochrome mean?
Monochrome means the presentation of a single color in different shades. This just means that a single color is depicted in different values and intensities. The color remains the same but the elements that differ are the brightness, lightness, darkness or dullness of the color. The values and intensities become different when the main color is mixed with black, white or gray.
In photography, monochromatic images are in the form of black and white photographs. This portrays the subject of the photo seem somewhat detached from reality since the image is drained of its lifelike color. Photographers usually use black and white film to achieve a dramatic effect or to focus on the subject on the picture instead of the colors that are captured.
Monochrome doesn’t stop with black and white. Anything portrayed as a single color with different shades can be called monochromatic. Here are some examples of monochromatic images from our community.
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Having a respectable career photographing social, political and economical matters, Philip Wolmuth is capable of starting a dialogue with the public via his thought-provoking photographs.
Going through the collective of images on his latest work, it seems impossible not to be instantly affected by the rawness of the emotions captured within the images. The passion, the anger, the commotion, the rebellion, the fervor, the shouting, the devotion; his work is inebriating. It's as if the images are screaming at you and, for a short while, you are transported to the Speakers' Corner without actually setting foot on that location.
It is Film Photography Day, and we are counting the ways the activity fuels the imagination. One photographer likens it to the soulful sound of an LP. Another chases its risk or does it with a leap of faith. But the consensus is clear: Film photography keeps people on their toes for the best possible shot!
Chloé Vollmer-Lo's photos speak for themselves. Every image, whether it's a portrait or a seemingly simple snapshot of a street alley, tells a story. The Paris-based photographer tested the New Petzval Lens 85 recently, and the results, as expected, speak volumes. She talks about her experience as a freelance photographer - and with the New Petzval Lens 85 - in this exclusive interview.
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Aside from his pictures, there is more to admire about Stephen Dowling. His extensive knowledge and insight into film photography and cameras are inspiring. Dowling, a BBC editor and analog photographer, tested the LC-A 120 camera and became a LomoAmigo last year. He has since rekindled ties with the Lomo LC-A 120, and brought it on a trip to Malta.
Choe More refuses to confine his photographic style into a single, pre-cut template. Instead, he prefers to see it as capturing fleeting moments, "about remembering and about feeling," he says. He likes it when emotions, whether positive or otherwise, are stirred within those who look at his photographs.
Valerio Spada went beyond his comfort zone and stepped right into the battlefield with his camera. He went to Naples, Italy, an area populated by the Camorra Mafia but also home to Annalisa Durante who, at the age of 14, was killed by a bullet aimed at a Camorra boss. What happened to her could've happened to any of the girls portrayed in the book Gommorah Girl. This work is about Annalisa. It's about all of the girls that, just like her, seem doomed to an unfair destiny - which, hopefully, may still change.
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How incredible that a tiny thing as a camera can depict the vast empire of nature and city life! And peppered among the tall and wide views are people, humble and pint-sized from a distance. See how four photographers portrayed this astonishing contrast.