It’s amazing. Today, I start in my seventh year of constantly posting monochrome images. Seven years ago a photographer located in Melbourne, Australia, started the Monochrome Madness Challenge. In the meantime, the challenge in its original way is retired. Here in my blog, you can find my contributions to MMC by simply following the tag “mmc“. Despite MMC is retired, I follow my tradition and post a monochrome image each week here in my blog with the same tag.
I love monochrome images for decades. They are so interesting because of the play of lights and shadows. In my digital workflow, I’m using a software imitating the chemical workflow instead of only desaturating the images. Thus, I get images of the same quality as I got from my old film lab. Unfortunately, the software I’m still using is retired for some reason I don’t understand. It’s successor isn’t that good. So, I don’t mention it here.
In the later part of my adolescence, I have had my own photo lab and was able to develop monochrome film and also do my own prints in the darkroom in the cellar of my parents’ house. Beside my SLR I used an old Voigtländer plate camera, built around 1927. Despite the age, the camera is still working. Once, that camera belonged to my grant-father whom I never met. But, I got it from my grant-mother, when I was in my early twenties and quite experienced in photography.
I also used the camera as a requisite in some steampunk-themed shootings as you can see in the attached image.