I’m a big fan of black & white photography. I like its simplicity, and the way the absence of colour can make us concentrate harder on the graphic elements of a scene and the tonal transitions that describe form and texture. I actually shoot a lot of my work in monochrome, and I like to tint and tone to help the viewer to develop an emotional response to the situations in the frame. I still shoot on black & white film, and I also like to load Ilford Multigrade in my plate cameras. I tried a few times in the dim and distant past to make mono prints from colour film, but the results were never really satisfactory. When digital cameras came along, with software that allowed the best of both worlds – to shoot in colour and to convert to black & white afterwards – I was delighted. In fact, for me this was one of the greatest benefits of shooting digitally. With post-capture filtration delivering literally a million combinations of red, green and blue sensitivities, I thought I’d died and gone to Heaven. Now Leica wants me to get my glass filters out again for a camera that can’t shoot in colour. And I’m still undecided about how I feel. Is the M Monochrom progress, or just a luxury that few people can afford? Take part in this week's poll Would you buy a camera that can only shoot in black & white? by clicking on the link.