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Nothing reduces an image to its essence like monotone. It forces the artist to examine the world in terms of shadow and contrast alone and to visualize the absence of color in the mind. When I shoot in black and white film, I perform this exercise in an exact manner…walking, climbing and twisting to discover the ideal vantage point.

Photography was born in shades of gray, and many of the truly classic images of the last century are monotone. An image must be dramatic without color for me to consider converting to black and white, be it desert, city, or temple. Monotone is a time-honored process—a nod to the history of the craft and an expression of the soul in the scene I strive to capture.