The French Woman In The Bishop’s Garden

Woman In The Bishop's Garden


Leica Monochrom, 50mm Noctilux.

Last fall, when the Leica Monochrom was issued, we spent hours in The Bishop’s Garden at the National Cathedral, documenting the people who visited everyday.  Our collection of images was meant to convey a unique urban oasis in black and white, which given how riotously colorful the flowers are there in September, was a lesson in reducing what our camera saw to luminosity, not chroma.  After spending part of an early afternoon taking pictures of tulips in their most colorful (after)frenzy, we took a monochrome-only camera to The Bishop’s Garden, and were reminded, once again, of how black and white photography reduces images to their essentials.

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