The owner, photographer and writer for monochromology.com is Rob Davie. Rob was born in Yorkshire in the beautiful north of England, but soon moved to the forests of Germany…
Soon after that he moved to Dorset in the beautiful south of England…
Soon after that moved back to the forests of Germany, then back to Dorset, then back to Germany and finally back Yorkshire where he now lives in the heart of it, the city with thousands of years of history, York itself.
Enough third person…
I have always been a writer. At school I was writing poetry from the earliest time I can remember. I would copy styles from Shakespeare and Ted Hughes and put my own words in. The Thought Fox by Ted is my favourite poem, it captures the artist’s challenge perfectly and has a level of imagery that I can only dream of ever achieving in either word or image.
I imagine this midnight moment’s forest:
Something else is alive
Beside the clock’s loneliness
And this blank page where my fingers move.
Through the window I see no star:
Something more near
Though deeper within darkness
Is entering the loneliness:
Cold, delicately as the dark snow,
A fox’s nose touches twig, leaf;
Two eyes serve a movement, that now
And again now, and now, and now
Sets neat prints into the snow
Between trees, and warily a lame
Shadow lags by stump and in hollow
Of a body that is bold to come
Across clearings, an eye,
A widening deepening greenness,
Coming about its own business
Till, with a sudden sharp hot stink of fox
It enters the dark hole of the head.
The window is starless still; the clock ticks,
The page is printed.
It came to me recently that poetry is what I am trying to capture in my imagery. I strive for a sense of pace and atmosphere. The words are important, but more so is the form, the speed, the feel. Likewise in photography the subject, to me, isn’t as important as the overall effect.
I work with a combination of 35mm and 120 film, processed professionally at a lab in the midlands and then curated using the Adobe suite, usually photoshop, but sometimes Lightroom. I find that film slows me down, lets me find my own pace and the pace of the work comes through. Using the monlithic RB67 has the same effect, compounding an already steady and thoughtful process.
On this site I am attempting to marry my love of photography with my love of writing to create something which is more than either and worth a considered viewing as a whole.
I hope that you enjoy what I am creating, please do leave a comment or get in touch with me using the contact form. If you do enjoy what I do, you can find articles and interviews by me as a guest on EMULSIVE.ORG.