1. Having or appearing to have only one colour.
2. Of or composed of radiation of only one wavelength: monochromatic light.
3. Done in monochrome: monochromatic paintings.
4. Exhibiting monochromatism.
5. Unvarying or dull: “the more prosaic and monochromatic aspects of communist life” (Amy Tan).

This is detail from the sea wall at Helmsdale, a town that sits on the edge of the North Sea and the river estuary from which it takes its name (or vice versa).  The major A9 trunk road through the town once took a circuitous route through its streets, crossing the river by an elegant stone bridge.  A concrete bridge that would suit any motorway, anywhere in the world, now swoops across the mouth of the estuary in a single bound, by-passing much of the town.  The peace that has descended on its streets is probably welcome by many of its residents but perhaps not so much by its traders.  The golf course has seen better days and the talk at other clubs was of financial collapse. Its destiny may have been determined by the arrival of the dull, monochromatic bridge.

The first of these images fits the bill but the second, less so. I must learn to stop dabbling with saturation:

Monochromatic ... Monochromatic ...


  1. Tish Farrell · September 12, 2015

    I love this interpretation, Robin. Splendid creations.

    • northumbrianlight · September 12, 2015

      Many thanks Tish, much appreciated. I am never sure about the merit of these abstract creations.

  2. LaVagabonde · September 12, 2015

    These are marvelous. I’m a fan of monochrome. I’m not usually a fan of saturation, but those colors in the second photo are superb. I love to have a car in that deep bronze color.

  3. restlessjo · September 12, 2015

    I don’t care whether it fits the bill or not, Robin- I like the second one 🙂 Must look on the map for poor old Helmsdale and it’s erstwhile stone bridge. (or is it still there?)

    • northumbrianlight · September 12, 2015

      Thanks Jo – the bridge is still there and in use for local traffic. It is clearly visible from the new bridge on Google Earth. The other ‘fascinating’ fact is that Helmsdale was once home to Barbara Cartland (not my sort of author, I hasten to add).

      • restlessjo · September 12, 2015

        I BET she is! 🙂

      • northumbrianlight · September 12, 2015

        :D, definitely, definitely not. By way of example, I am reading Ann Enright’s The Green Road at the moment – it is wonderful. How about this for a one liner – “And Hanna loved her Granny Madigan, a woman who looked like she had a lot to say, and wasn’t saying any of it.” I wish I had written that.
        Have a grand weekend, R

  4. harrienijland · September 12, 2015

    Wonderful, Robin!

  5. Cate Franklyn · September 12, 2015

    Actually, I like the second shot best as it has more drama and the details are more pronounced pulling the eye further into the image or the mind of the photographer 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · September 12, 2015

      Thanks Cate – you wouldn’t want to be pulled into the mind of this photographer 🙂

  6. Danielle · September 12, 2015

    Very interesting photos!

  7. Leya · September 12, 2015

    Both beautiful. More life in the second one, but they are equally beautiful choices.

    • northumbrianlight · September 12, 2015

      Many thanks Leya – I think that is why I persuaded myself to add the second, the first being just too monochromatic.

  8. Photobooth Journal · September 12, 2015

    I agree with everyone else number two wins. Very interesting comments enjoyed reading them as much as the post.

    • northumbrianlight · September 13, 2015

      Many thanks, very kind, especially the appreciation of the comments. I have some entertaining followers 🙂

  9. Su Leslie · September 12, 2015

    I love both shots. The first reminded me of tapa cloth because I was just focusing on the pattern. The second has a lovely abstract quality and the colours are wonderful.

    • northumbrianlight · September 13, 2015

      Many thanks Su – I had to google tapa cloth having not heard of it before. I now see what you mean.

      • Su Leslie · September 13, 2015

        Sorry; I should have put a link in. Thank goodness for Google.

  10. janemorley2014 · September 13, 2015

    I love these shots but I’m going to be contrary – just for a change – and give my vote to the first one, I’m a big fan of monochrome and for me the dramatic shapes and the energy of the pattern is far stronger in the first than the second. Nice colours in the other version but not the same for me!

  11. sustainabilitea · September 13, 2015

    Very cool…and I like them both. Sitting very firmly on the fence. 🙂


    • northumbrianlight · September 13, 2015

      Many thanks, I like that Jane – still being able to produce cool stuff 🙂

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