corner, harsh light, cracks and lines

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Monochromology is about discovering and enjoying the aspects of image that are retained when the variety and glory of colour is removed. Sherlock Holmes said (I paraphrase) :

Once we have removed the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how strange, is the truth

The same is true of vision and colour. We encounter the world in a very colourful way in our everyday lives. Reds, greens, blues and yellows are everywhere in millions of glorious combinations. But colour is distracting.

Like a reader of a complicated novel, full of nuance and societal commenatry, who is sat in a room with the television on and a playing child nearby, there is so much that is missed. The child gets no attention, the news on the television is unwatched, and the enlightenment from the novel remains hidden. So it is with monochrome photography. Strip away the distractions and focus in on the detail, the texture.

The image above was taken outside York Minster, a colossal 7th centrury church in the centre of this beautiful and ancient city.

The age of this amazing structure can be seen in the stone. The marks left by the hands of expert stonemasons, 1000 years dead, are there for all to see. The framing naturally draws the eye to the outstretched corner itself, buttressing towards us.

The stone is not without it’s signs of age though, along the top of the photograph can be seen clearly the effects of wind, rain and hands. A particularly wide crack breaks the line of the corner. What seems at first to be impervious and solid has crumbled over the last millenia, and so it will continue.

Yet these stones support hundreds of tons of stone, glass and metal above them. They have borne this weight and despite appearances will continue to perform their function well after the photographer is dust.


Welcome to monochromology!

I am the owner, writer and photographer, Rob Davie. In this brand new site I will be showing my favourite photographs and adding my thoughts/memories/stories to them in a hope of creating a whole which is more than the sum of its parts.

This is the first post and I hope that it gives you a feel for what is to come. I believe that art stands alone and needs no description but that it can also be used along with the written word to create something else, something that is not picture nor is it writing.

Please do leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to engage, or use the contact form here

2 Replies to “corner, harsh light, cracks and lines”

  1. First! 😂

    Very true. I find b&w help me see certain things much better as well.

    I’ve recently tried something related: allowed my scanner to interpret the colour of a monochrome negative. It’s mostly faux sepia yet it seems to add an extra layer.

    Looking forward to seeing and reading more of your work 👍

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