25 Inspiring Examples of Monochromatic Photography

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Colors help our eyes determine detail. Sometimes, however, multiple colors can disguise details that we do not naturally see. Using shades of one color to wash out a photo or art piece can add to the overall impact and bring out details we might have missed.

This process of either eliminating all color or reducing the color palette to hues within a single shade is generally referred to as monochromatism. In the below examples of monochromatic photos and art, we included images in which the artist focuses your attention using careful color selection. This is not necessarily a single color, even though the word monochromatic means literally one color. Some monochromatic photos bend the rule a bit and incorporate one additional color to the primary shade used.

And don’t confuse monochromatic art with black and white, either. While black and white is certainly in the genre, other colors can be used to create a specific mood or draw your eye to various elements of the piece. So let this collection expand your definition of monochromatic a bit and inspire you to reconsider color selection and emphasis in your own work.

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Anime Monochrome
monochromatic photo photography Anime Monochrome

Black Car
monochromatic photo photography Black Car

Wood Panel Paintings by Lori Ellison
monochromatic photo photography Wood Panel Paintings

Butterfly on Leaves
monochromatic photo photography Butterfly on Leaves

Monochrome
monochromatic photo photography Monochrome

Hyde’s Mill
monochromatic photo photography Hydes Mill

Monochrome 2
monochromatic photo photography Monochrome 2

Monochrome 3
monochromatic photo photography Monochrome 3

Brig o’Balgownie, Aberdeen
monochromatic photo photography Aberdeen

Slipstream and Labyrinth II
monochromatic photo photography Slipstream and Labyrinth II

E-Type Monochrome
monochromatic photo photography E-Type Monochrome

Tree in Red by Sunmallia
monochromatic photo photography Tree in Red

Time for Reflection by John Bennett
monochromatic photo photography Time for Reflection

Fog Lights by John Bennett
monochromatic photo photography Fog Lights

High on Grass by John Bennett
monochromatic photo photography High on Grass

Urban Life by Sunnydayze
monochromatic photo photography Urban Life

Anna Samenina of Muse/NYC
monochromatic photo photography Anna Samenina of Muse/NYC

Night Drive by Sunnydayze
monochromatic photo photography Night Drive

Meltaway & Northern White by James Lecce
monochromatic photo photography Meltaway & Northern White

Burr Oak Redux Monochrome by Notley Hawkins
monochromatic photo photography Burr Oak Redux Monochrome

Green Monochrome Flowers by Lowell Nesbitt
monochromatic photo photography Green Monochrome Flowers

Green Bathroom
monochromatic photo photography Green Bathroom

Watered Album Cover
monochromatic photo photography Watered Album Cover

Monochrome Camels
monochromatic photo photography Monochrome Camels

Yellow Nature Wallpaper
monochromatic photo photography Yellow Nature Wallpaper

Red Sunset
monochromatic photo photography Red Sunset

Green Forest
monochromatic photo photography Green Forest