When looking through my galleries on Instagram, Flickr or Google+ you’ll see a pattern emerge. My pictures are mainly landscape, sometimes with old churches, castles or houses included but landscape all the same. There is another common recurring theme, the vast majority of my pictures are in colour. Colour always seems easier, it is after all how we see the world and in landscape the different colours of the different seasons is quite often what makes the photo. However, for anyone who has seen an old black and white picture or a modern-day black and white or even infrared photo you will notice that they quite often carry more detail, they make certain aspects stand out more and they can create a stronger sense of emotion. In a way there simpler, stripped back and naked and they allow you to focus on whats important in an image without the distraction of colour. So over the last 6 months or so almost all my trips out have resulted in a proportion of my shots being specifically aimed at black and white photography. It’s been about trying to change my perception, to see the world in contrast and tones, looking for light and shadows and aiming to pull as much detail as possible from each shot. Recently I’ve set up 2 new Instagram accounts, “world_without_colour” and “upclznpersonal”, both are aimed at black and white photography although the latter is more street and portraiture, both areas I plan on expanding on in the future. If you’re an Instagrammer please feel to take a look at either account and drop me a message to let me know what you think, I’m always looking for feedback.

Below I’ve added  some of my favourite shots taken in black and white so far, some on my camera, some from my mobile. I hope you like them.


Royal Yacht Brittania-0001
Inside the Royal Yacht Britannia
Braidwood house
Braidwood House, Lanarkshire
West Lodge Mauldslie-0001
West Lodge, Mauldslie Estate
New Lanark-0001
New Lanark
Glengavel Reservoir
Dunfermline Abbey
Dunfermline Abbey
New Lanark
New Lanark
Old Mill Lade, Boghead, Lanarkshire
Inside Inchcolm Abbey
The ceiling inside Hamilton Mausoleum


  1. I love the Inchcolm Abbey, Dunfermline Abbey and Hamilton Mausoleum photos. The beams of light caught my eye and makes black and white more interesting. It’s like portaying a dark haunting place, with hope. Haunting captures 🙂

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    1. Paul says:

      I love how black and white can change the photo as well as how it brings out hidden details. You can get a very different atmosphere sometimes. You’ve picked 3 of my favourite black and white images so far!

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  2. restlessjo says:

    I’m a colour girl through and through, but sometimes you can covey wonderful atmosphere in black and white. I especially like the old mill, watery shot, and the one that follows.

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    1. Paul says:

      Hi Jo, thanks for popping by. The next time you do a walk, challenge yourself to see it in black and white, I bet you’ll notice details you wouldn’t normally. Hope you’ve had a great weekend!


      1. restlessjo says:

        I suppose I could do a black and white walk one of these days, Paul. You never know 🙂

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