Weekly Photo Challenge: Monochromatic
“One very important difference between color and monochromatic photography is this: in black and white you suggest; in color you state. Much can be implied by suggestion, but statement demands certainty… absolute certainty.” – Paul Outerbridge
Monochromatic pertaining to, or having tones of one color in addition to the ground hue: monochromatic pottery. 3. pertaining to light of one color or to radiation of a single wavelength or narrow range of wavelengths Monochromatic – The Free Dictionary
I love colors and this was not easy to do because I’m a huge fan of certain types of photography and nature seems to be my main canvas. That said, it’s wise that the weekly photo challenge pushes us to explore other ways of viewing the world through our lenses. Even though I whinge about it, the exercise will make me a better, and more informed photographer. The monochromatic theme and all the technical aspects of achieving it in a photo was harder for me to do. Of course, I was tempted to go with black and white shots which remain the most classic interpretation of the form but, I wanted a variety of monochromatic color schemes. Did I say I love colors? I do and I hope you like my selections. I’ll upload the collage photos individually on MESH later. Thank you!
September 11 Attacks/Remembrance: I would be remiss if I didn’t pause to remember our fellow men and women who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. It seems like only yesterday, when we gathered around our TV sets, our office windows or ears glued to news outlets around the world, to hear of the terrible tragedy that befell us all. It was a day of unimaginable horror. Many families lost loved ones who left that morning to work, some on flights heading to various destinations and never returned home. We live in challenging times and in a global village that must make every effort to maintain peace. Without peace efforts, all of us will suffer and our children will inherit an unsafe world. That is not what I want for my kids, for myself or for anyone else … let’s make PEACE matter. Make a difference by being a light bearer for global peace. My prayer is that we never encounter such a thing in our lifetimes ever again.
“The sky is like a monochromatic contemporary painting, drawing me in its illusion of depth, pulling me up.” John Green, Paper Towns
These were staged shots. I pulled a few things in the house together so I could get enough of a monochromatic effect. After the assignment was posted on this blog, I dug around my photo files ( about an hour ago EST 8pm), and discovered that I have pictures that are better representations of the technique. Sadly, I’m always working at beating the EST 12 noon clock to get my posts in before EST 5pm. Maybe one day, they will surprise us and post the photo challenges earlier. We could all use the extra hours to get our shots together… Thank you Cheri! That said, I wish all a restful and peaceful weekend. Enjoy the photos and hug your loved ones. Have a Happy Weekend!
My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. Check out how others interpreted the theme – Monochromatic – below.
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Monochromatic – In this week’s challenge, share with us your monochromatic images. Be calculating and creative in choosing your subject and focal point; resist the urge to simply take a photo of something with a single color range. In a monochromatic image, a distinct point of focus, or focal point, is also a necessity. Great photographs immediately engage a viewer’s eye and attention, and especially in images where the colors tend to bleed together, the photographer needs to choose the focus with intention.
Positive Motivation Tip: Monochromatic images remind us of the beauty of a singular palate. By the same token, we can appreciate the beauty of a united global peace effort.