Mama Don’t Take My Monochrome Away

Come Home Mr. Waller by Del Green

I had a conversation with my favorite JPG member today. She was looking for an image of mine that she couldn’t find. I explained that I had taken it down. It only had eleven views and I thought I had over edited the picture. It was a monochrome image, as is most of my work. She said, “Well congratulations on the best of January picture that disappeared.” I had no Idea! She went on to say that she thought that most members simply skip over black and white images in preference to color. I hope that’s not true. The soul of photography itself is black and white.

I’m a child of the sixties. Every major event in that time period came to me in black and white. The civil rights movement, President Kennedy’s assassination, the Vietnam war all came to me in the pages of Life Magazine and Newsweek in monochrome. I have an image in my head to this day of Kennedy’s funeral procession and the grainy, grayscale, riderless horse that danced across our black and white TV screen. I guess my soul is black an white as well.

There are so many talented people doing exceptional work on JPG. I see beautiful images saturated with color. I even try my hand at color now and then. I also see members making outstanding black and white work that would grace the wall of an art gallery. So, as much as I love my friend, I hope she is wrong. Please give a little time to each image you see, monochrome or color. Remember someone has just uploaded a piece of themselves.