Monochrome Madness (Suzhou Museum) and Colorful Monotones

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Leanne’s Up For Discussion for this week is about the images in monochrome.  The first part is how to choose an image and the second part will be how to convert them to black and white. Take a look ofUp for Discussion”… 

The above photo is part of the garden of  the Suzhou Museum, China. In 2000, I M Pei accepted the Suzhou Museum commission, he was 83 years old. He said that it was emotionally special to him since his family had the connection to Suzhou for over six hundred years. When it was completed, Pei was almost 89 years old.  As you may know, I M Pei is known for several world-wide architecture designs, including the National Gallery of Art’s East Building(Washington DC), The Glass Pyramid of Louvre, and more. I did a series about Pei and his contributions in 2013, and on his 96 year birthday, I did another post entitled “Still Go Home Again“.  


This week, Cee wants to see at least 90% of the photo be one color, no sepia or black and white. Colorful monotone, here we go:

Japanese Garden, Portland

 Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge:


Happy Friday!


34 thoughts on “Monochrome Madness (Suzhou Museum) and Colorful Monotones

  1. LOVED both images, Amy. If I could I would slip into the green photo and not come out for a very long time. Please consider youself extremely fortunate to be able to travel. I SO enjoy what you bring to your blog from around the world. Have a wondrous Friday, my friend. Love, Amy


  2. Outstanding work of Mr. Pei. The part of the garden looked beautiful through your image. I love the second image too, Amy. It feels connected to the first one – sort of garden theme post. Beautiful!


  3. Both of these photos are artful, Amy. The Suzhou Museum image is stunning, and I M Pei’s work is uniquely beautiful. I appreciate your tributes to him and always learn a lot, and appreciate it. And your photo of the Japanese Garden is rich and deep. Thank you! 😀


    • Glad yo like the monotone one, Tom. It took me a while to get into B&W photo. For this image, the wall was white, the the rocks were dark. so, it was easy to convert.


  4. Just came back from your Pei post,where I was totally entranced!Great tribute to such a remarkable achitect!I loved him more after seeing his Louvre glass work!
    The first one here is pure art as well Amy Dear!His emotional connections inspired him even more!Let me rest my eyes now on your bright green oasis.Thank you my wonderful friend 🙂 Enjoy your weekend ❤ xxx


    • Thank you so much for spending time to read Pei post. I think the Suzhou Museum might not be his fav design, but it was for for the city he was born. To me the MIho Museum in Japan is an unbelievably beautiful design.

      “To preserve the landscape of the mountains, Pei’s solution was to remove the top of the mountain where the museum was to be located; and after inserting the building, he wanted to replace the mountain along with 7,000 trees and other plantings. As a result, 80% of the building is below ground.” Whenever you have a moment (don’t mean to impose it on you), take a quick look:


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