Greece in Black and White

Santorini Church in black and white

It feels wrong. Taking a colorful photo and converting it to monochrome feels wrong at first. But one thing I have learned in photography is that the brightest, most colorful, most contrasty (is that a word?) scenes are often those that look best in black and white. It feels dirty, sinful, almost heretical, but turning some of my brightest photos of Greece into B&W produced some nice results. Well, at least I think so.

Black and white evokes a sense of nostalgia and adds a certain timelessness to photos. With many places in Greece being so ancient, it is a fitting place for monochrome photography, if you can get past the fact that everything is so vividly colorful.

Below is a collection of black and white photos from our recent trip. Click on any photo to open a slideshow view.

Greece in Black and White Photos


Have you been to Greece? What was your favorite place? 



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10 Comments on “Greece in Black and White

  1. Jeff, my favorite is the hill side shot of Oia. I do pencil sketches and they turn out much like this photo. Lots of contrast between very dark and very light areas.

    And yes, I’ve been to Greece a couple times. My favorite place is a little fishing village on the southern coast of Crete called Agia Galini.

    And a side note, If we ever meet up, I’ll be the one wearing the black Greek Fisherman’s Hat. I bought one there on my first trip and have been wearing one ever since, (for the past 40 years). It’s become my trademark. I don’t think even my kids would recognize me without my hat. 🙂

    • The view of Oia was made for artists, whether the medium is photography, pencil sketches or paint. Such a beautiful place.

      Crete was my favorite place in Greece but I did not go to this village. Next time. Thank you for the interesting comments about your hat. You are the best commenter on my blog.

  2. Stunning photos! . . . The pictures of Oia remind me of the amazing time my husband and I spent on Santorini years ago! And your photos of Meteora are simply breathtaking; such a surreal looking place!

  3. The domes are my favorite foto, but I like all of them. Nice gallery. My favourite place in Greece is Kefalonia, which you can see in my blog

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