In the analog years I printed my black and white photos myself in the darkroom, today I still print them myself but digitally. With today’s digital technology and the possibilities for post-processing in programs like Photoshop, shooting in monochrome is almost comparable to shooting and processing analog black and white film. The great advantage of black and white photography is still that you can play with lighting and shadows, with contrast and graphics. I love the power of pure black and white photography.

All photos were taken and photographed by myself (Marcel van Balken ©). No photo is made by AI.