Windows To The Soul

Black And White Photography, Martha, Photography

In street photography, we don’t wait for golden light. Mid-day will present a different set of circumstances. I love street portraits. I saw this girl on a NYC bench and she caught my attention.  She smiles with her eyes, the shadow play from her lashes, one of my favorite street portraits.

Shine On!

Black And White Photography, Emilio, Photography

“Yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun. ” ~ John Lennon

I’m sorry but you won’t find me on wordpress if you have a desire to see more of my work. I am on Facebook, though. And Flickr. Please visit me there and say hello. Emilio Pasquale Photography. Even though my name is not Emilio. Nor Pasquale. OK, so a bit of history…

When Monochromia first started, mine was the very first post. When I thanked Joe for the honor, he admitted that he had pulled my name out of a hat. Nice guy, that Joe. He couldn’t even lie? But I still feel honored.

Then, one day I admitted that I was not a thirty-something photographer, as my caricature logo and writings had lead everyone to believe. I am a child of the 60’s, now retired. I had chosen the name in honor of my grandfather, Emilio, and my uncle, Pasquale, who had passed through Ellis Island with my grandmother on their way to Brooklyn in the early 1900’s. My father was born here in 1923.

I picked up my first camera when I was 18. My dad built me a b&w darkroom in our garage in North Hollywood California back then. Straight out of college, I got a job working as an apprentice motion picture editor. I retired in 1999 and became a Realtor in Las Vegas in 2004. I am now fully retired and loving every minute of it!

So, please come visit me on Facebook or Flickr. I also sell artwork at Fine Art America and am working on getting a portfolio together. For my third career, hopefully.

Paul Douglas

Las Vegas NV

April 19, 2018

Foggy Saturday

Black And White Photography, Petter, Photography

Foggy Saturday

Oslo, Norway

Public Intimacy

Black And White Photography, Martha, Photography


Black And White Photography, Joseph, Photography

Fuji X30 – 1/15 @ f/2.8 – ISO 320 

Dance Like Nobody’s Watching

Black And White Photography, Martha, Photography

I saw this woman dancing as I was crossing a bridge in Paris.  She was so elegant and graceful swirling and twirling the dress as she moved. What a treat it was just to watch!

The Jewish Scholar

Black And White Photography, Martha, Photography

Room For One Please

Black And White Photography, Joseph, Photography

Fuji X-Pro 2 and XF 23mm f/2 R WR lens – 1/20 @ f/5.6 – ISO 6400

For a color version of this image please click – here

The Fiddler

Black And White Photography, Joseph, Photography

Fuji X100F – 1/180 @ f/5.6 – ISO 200

Guest Post – Mel Rolleri

Black And White Photography, Mel Rolleri, Photography

I first started following Mel when I saw some of the great images she took at the NYC Pride Event 2017.  I loved her shots and quickly asked her to come on board as a Guest Contributor on our site.  Welcome aboard Mel. I hope all of you enjoy her images as much as I do….Joe

Hi!!!  My name is Mel (Mary Ellen) Rolleri. I’ve lived in Connecticut for my whole life (with a 3 year stint in NYC 15 years ago). I don’t make it back into the city nearly enough.

I’ve been interested in photography for most of my adult life and recall taking a darkroom class 30 years ago, but life happens, and photography took a back seat for years.

I really started to get into it maybe six years ago when we were in Italy. I took tons of pictures with whatever iteration of iPhone I had at the time, and mostly with the Hipstamatic app, which is still one of my favorites.

When I returned home from that trip, I sold all of my Canon gear, for a much smaller, lighter, mirrorless system. I started with Olympus, but recently switched to Fujifilm. I am absolutely in love with these cameras!!!

In the past, I’ve mostly shot landscapes, seascapes, sunrises, and sunsets – the beauty of nature. I also enjoy architectural photography and still life. Let’s just say, I shoot anything I find interesting or beautiful.

I rarely took pics of people. In fact, I’d get annoyed when they were in my shot. But I’ve always loved street photography as a genre, before I even knew there was a name for it. As I look around my house, at artwork I have on my walls, I have seven framed prints of what I know now to be famous street photos (Cartier-Bresson, Doisneau, etc). I’ve had them for close to 30 years.

I’ve been toying with street photography for about two years, but really got hooked since participating in the Women’s March in NYC in January.  I’ve since gone to the NYC gay pride parade, and had a wonderful time shooting there. I shot both of those with my camera set to shoot in both color and monochrome, and loved the experience of seeing the black and white image on the screen as I took the shots. Many people asked why I was posting B&W from the pride parade, since it was so colorful, and all I could say was:  the black and whites moved me, unlike any of the ones in color. The absence of distraction, the tones, the contrasts. It’s made me want to really concentrate on black and white for all different genres, not just street. So that’s what I’m planning to do!

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