15 Inspiring Examples of Monochromatic Photography


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Colors help our eyes determine detail. However, multiple colors can sometimes disguise details 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 highlight 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 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.

Let this photography collection expand your definition of monochromatic a bit and inspire you to reconsider color selection and emphasis in your work.


Anime Monochrome
monochromatic photo photography Anime Monochrome

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

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

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

Urban Life by Sunnydayze
monochromatic photo photography Urban Life

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

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