Monochrome Portraits

by Benny Law February. 20, 2020 440 views

This will be my last installment of monochrome photos from my collection for now. I have found that in addition to trees and certain landscapes, black and white can work extremely well for some portraits. However, I rarely do portraits, and I have even fewer of them in black and white. This is what I could glean from my image library.

A woman from the village of Nazareth situated on a mountain in Lesotho, Africa. Taken in 2008 on my first trip to Africa for work purposes.

A woman from the village of Nazareth situated on a mountain in Lesotho, Africa. Taken in 2008 on my first trip to Africa for work purposes.

This playful boy is a nephew of my African colleague from Kenya. I was visiting his village when I took this photo. The boy was trying to say "hi" with his hand gesture which might be misinterpreted as "stop!" or "back off!" But you can see his friendly and welcoming smile.

This playful boy is a nephew of my African colleague from Kenya. I was visiting his village when I took this photo. The boy was trying to say "hi" with his hand gesture which might be misinterpreted as "stop!" or "back off!" But you can see his friendly and welcoming smile.

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J D 3 months, 1 week ago

Benny you do very well on monochrome portraits I really enjoy these 2 pics...looking forward to seeing more in the future. clap

3 months, 1 week ago Edited
Benny Law Replied to J D 3 months, 1 week ago

Thank you so much, JD. There is actually a weekly photo challenge happening now on the theme of monochrome. I am planning to submit an entry for that. It's fun and it's open to all members. Hope you join us too.

Here is the link: https://www.photoblog.com/photochallenge/2021/06/14/photo-challenge-618-monochrome/

3 months, 1 week ago Edited
J D Replied to Benny Law 3 months, 1 week ago

thanks for the link Benny!

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Ho Kim 1 year, 7 months ago

Nice portraits, though you said you seldom take. smile Actually I'm too shy to take the others. If they gaze me, I cannot dare to take picture of them. Just got frozen...

1 year, 7 months ago Edited
Benny Law Replied to Ho Kim 1 year, 6 months ago

I'm shy too, and that's why I prefer to take candid shots. I like the subjects to appear natural. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. 🙂

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Camellia Staab 1 year, 7 months ago

Love your portraits and the monochrome is excellent. I am not a portrait person ( candid yes, but portrait as in sit...pose....wait...is not my thing). Monochrome has its place for me and sometimes some photos just beg to be in monochrome as you have shown here. Last time I was in Kenya was 1977...long long time ago smile

1 year, 7 months ago Edited
Benny Law Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 7 months ago

Yeah, candid portraits are the only kind I would enjoy taking. And 1977 sure is a looong time ago!

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David Nurse 1 year, 7 months ago

These are great portraits and the monochrome brings out the detail beautifully.

1 year, 7 months ago Edited
Benny Law Replied to David Nurse 1 year, 7 months ago

Thanks, David. Monochrome does seem to work very well with these portraits.

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Marsha 1 year, 7 months ago

These are both super nice! Great choices for monochrome.

1 year, 7 months ago Edited
Benny Law Replied to Marsha 1 year, 7 months ago

I appreciate your comment and support, Marsha! I'm glad they turned out the way they did.

1 year, 7 months ago Edited
Gone Fishing Without A Pole 1 year, 7 months ago

Question: so the first photo was taken in Lesotho and the boy was taken in Kenya or was the boy in Lesotho as well? Just curious... these B&W just work. Nice images

1 year, 7 months ago Edited
Benny Law Replied to Gone Fishing Without A Pole 1 year, 7 months ago

Yes, Buster, first Lesotho and second Kenya. I photographed the boy when my colleague took me to his village in Kenya. A lot happened on that trip. I was given a Masai neck ring and made an honorary Masai. 😄

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 7 months ago

Love them both. Good work my friend

1 year, 7 months ago Edited
Benny Law Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 7 months ago

Thank you for your great support, Antonio! 🙂

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