About Mono Squared

MonoSquared is a photography blog. All the images are black and white produced in a square format and were made by me.

“Why monochrome? Why square?” you ask. The quotations below and my comments to them may go some little way in explaining these questions.


“Not everybody trusts paintings, but people believe photographs.” Ansel Adams

I was alone when each of these images was made and no one was viewing the same scene that I was. It is always my aim to capture the image first time and as perfectly as possible thus reducing the amount of work needed in the digital darkroom. There is no computer trickery other than the removal of colour.

“The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.” Publilius Syrus

I hope that each image communicates something to you, the viewer, whether in the beauty of its location or in its composition, how it is captured, its lack of colour – although shades of black and grey are colours in their own right – or for you to see the scene as I did and that you interpret the image in your own way.

I made the images and now you are viewing those images through your own eyes so we are together in the landscape.

‘Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.’ Dorothea Lange

Each image I make is the capture of a unique moment in time that can never be repeated.


My camera kit is based around a Nikon D700 full frame DSLR. I use Lee Filters to enhance the image at the time of its taking; this allows for skies to be correctly exposed or for the capture of the motion of nature – water, wind driven clouds and the way trees and grasses move in the breeze. The software I primarily use is Niksoft’s Silver Efex Pro 2 , which converts a colour image to monochrome and then allows the use of techniques similar to those used in a traditional darkroom to achieve the desired effect.

I shall, in some instances, share some thoughts as to why a particular image has been made or how it has been processed; sometimes the images will stand on their own. If you would like to know any of the technical processes used in the making of the images, please leave a question in the form of a comment.

Thank you for taking the time to visit MonoSquared and I hope you enjoy your visit and will return often.



2 thoughts on “About Mono Squared

  1. A wonderful, inspiring collection of mono images, pure and unadulterated, as the lens sees them. A testament to how digital photography should be honoured by simple, darkroom enhancements. Nothing added, little removed and the honesty intact.

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