In Monochrome

This morning we awoke to thunder echoing round the mountains. It’s rained all day and mists have cocooned the village blotting out the world beyond. The rain has only finally stopped in the last hour.

The camera has been forgotten and instead I have spent some of the down-time doing a few B&W conversions of some of the images taken on my recent walk to the Britannia Hut.


Rock and snow bands, with a Serac cliff, on the slopes of the Alphubel

There is something special about B&W photography and the Alps. Images are reduced to the essential contrasting tones of white snow and dark rock. Images feel purified, simplified; the starkness of the medium is in keeping with the intensity and harshness of the mountain experience stripping it back to its bare primitive beauty.

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Setting out across the snowfields

Setting out across the snowfields

Climbers returning to the Britannia Hut after climbing the Strahlhorn

Climbers returning to the Britannia Hut after climbing the Strahlhorn

Starting the descent to Plattjen from the Britannia Hut

Starting the descent to Plattjen from the Britannia Hut


About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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18 Responses to In Monochrome

  1. Hello There!! Great Pictures!! 🙂

  2. Len says:

    Nice images Andy. There is such a scale in these especially when you show how small the people in the images look.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Len. As you know I don’t often include people in shots like these. But on that day they really did serve a purpose of introducing scale.

  3. Beautiful Andy. These work so well in B&W

  4. Rich McPeek says:

    Terrific B&W shots Andy!

  5. oneowner says:

    These photos look great in black and white. Well done!

  6. Lignum Draco says:

    Wonderful b&w photos.

  7. Phillip says:

    Amazing job Andy!

  8. The snow looks as if it is flowing. As in, moving! These are superb, Andy!

  9. ehpem says:

    The black and white reveals a lot of horizontal banding, at least in the things you choose to photograph. Interesting given that the mountains are such vertical places.

    • LensScaper says:

      ‘Banding’ seems an inherent feature of many mountains and its that stratification (and of course light/dark tonality) that make the mountains so suitable for the Black and white medium

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