Black and White Photography
Welcome to my page dedicated strictly to Black and White Photography. In the following lines you can find some information about me and what black and white photography means to me, what actually black and white fine art photography is and why I use the long exposure techniques. In my blog you can also read some stories about how some of the photographs were taken, what I was thinking about when I pressed the shutter, my vision of its final image, which programs I use to convert to black and white in the post process as well as the information about the gear I used. Here you can also find interviews with my favorite black and white photographers who I am in contact with and whose work I really like.
Black and White Photography by using Long Exposure techniques
I specialize mainly in long exposure landscape photography, architecture, seascapes but I am also interested in shooting streets and infrared photos. Why do I use Long Exposure techniques? Because it is something out of reality, that can´t be seen by a naked eye. This tool enables the photographer to catch the motion which is so unique. I believe, that all this information will be helpful for all black & white photography lovers as well as for those who have just recently discovered this style.
My name is Matej Michalik. I was born in 1981 and live in Bratislava, Slovakia. I came in contact with photography in 2010. Apparently, I belong to the new wave of photographers who didn’t go through the analogue era and developing films in darkrooms but ended up in times of digital cameras instead. I am convinced that no matter how expensive your photography gear is, having a good imagination is essencial.
From the beginning, my intuition was leading me towards black and white photos. I began observing the work of several fine art photographers whose work I enormously appreciate. I started communicating with them, sharing pieces of advice and experience. That‘s how it all started.
What actually Black and White Photography means to me?
The reason why I decided to define myself as a black and white photographer is the simplicity and peace that is spreaded around when you‘re looking at things in a monochromatical way. The black and white pictures represent the subject in its pure, raw format. This allows the true texture, contrast, shape and lightning to come to the fore.
When taking black and white photos, I always try to be minimalistic and show a pure simplicity. What I want to get is a clean, simple photograph, full of atmosphere which I felt when I was looking through the viewfinder.
Fine art photography is photography created in accordance with the vision of the artist as photographer. When a photographer brings his passion into photography, has his own vision, his signature is engraved in the photographs, he becomes an artist.
Camera doesn’t need to be just a cold mechanical device. Like a pen, it is as good as the man who uses it. It can be the extension of mind and heart… – John Steinbeck
Patience in Black and White Photography
The sooner you realize that photography is not about quantity but quality, the better for you. Always present yourself only with the best photographs, be uncompromising and forget about all the weaker or average ones. Follow this rule and trust me, you will make progress. The best black and white fine art photographers usually publish about 5 – 10 photographs a year.
Black and White Photos / Fine Art Prints
I hope you will find some inspiration on my website.