Monochrome photography has been around for a long time, yet it remains timeless and beautiful. This week’s pictures of the week showcase the beauty of black and white photography, featuring shots from the Pentax K-3 III Monochrom and Leica M11 Monochrom.
Light is a crucial factor in black and white photography, often having a greater influence than colour. One picture, taken by Gernot Schwarz using his Leica Q2 during a cigarette break, beautifully highlights the contrast between light and shadow to create an interesting composition.
Another snapshot from the gallery photographer Klicker3D captured the jumble of bananas at a marathon refreshment stand, showcasing the art of minimalist composition.
In keeping with the theme of dynamics, Klaus Hiltwein captured Standfest auf der Isarwelle, featuring a water slide on the Isar Canal with excellent surfers. The camera shutter speed of 1/30 second and aperture 11 helped to create the dynamic feeling of the surfers, with fuzziness added deliberately.
The photo Sweetheart by gallery photographer Katzenfutter showcases a sheep that briefly looks at the camera with interest, before returning to its meal. The snapshot also has an appealing depth, with trees and cloud cover in the background.
One of the images in this week’s selection takes us back in time to the 1980s, featuring the conversion of the Hammer Bridge between Neuss and Düsseldorf. Ludwig Schmidt recounts how he was often at the construction site to document the construction and was able to capture an impressive shot of the massive bridge construction.
In conclusion, monochrome photography is a classic form of art that continues to be admired by many. The photos in this selection showcase the art of black and white, from influences of light and dynamic blurring to minimalist composition and glimpses of the past.