This is the week in October where the third Monday resides, and you know what that means, right? A Phoneography Challenge in BLACK and WHITE.

What is it about B&W photography that draws us in, holds our interest and captivates?

Casablanca | ©2010 Warner Home VideoWhenever I see a grayscale frame, I immediately harken back to the days of B&W movies, especially the film noir genre. One of my all-time faves, and probably yours, too, is Casablanca.

It’s overcast, cool and raining outside, and I’m in a B&W kinda mood stuck inside my Grand Hotel Terme retreat on the grounds of Terme di Comano; so, I thought I’d wax poetic to narrate the storyline of my updated version of the Bogart-Bergman classic, which now unfolds somewhere in the Brenta Dolomites of northern Italy.

SAY WHAT? CASABLANCAIN THE DOLOMITES?

Well, it’s where the photos were taken with my iPhone 5.

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A Phoneographic Philm Noir | ©Tom Palladio ImagesA covered bridge, weather beaten, dark
Alone, confused, in a hurry, a woman

Footfalls across shadows, mysterious
Petals, bright white, dot the way, rendezvous

A gin joint, smoke-filled, loud
Through the crowd, eyes meet, Rick nods

Ebony embraces ivory, hearts flutter
A song, regretful, melancholy

No todays, no tomorrows, only the past
Paris

Played once again, just for her, by Sam
As Time Goes By

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Prose? Doubtful the above example is the beginning of a beautiful friendship between me and the quill. But, hey, you never know. Right, Louie?

To view more great photos captured in BLACK and WHITE by my fellow digital ringtone shooters, just click HERE.

If you occasionally shoot with an iThingie, why not join in the fun and hone your craft. There’s a rotating Phoneography Challenge each and every Monday. For details, visit Sally’s Lens and Pens by Sally.

Until next Monday, here’s lookin’ at you, kid.

©The Palladian Traveler | ©Tom Palladio Images

TPT's Borsalino in B&W | ©Tom Palladio Images

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Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along cobblestone streets that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches along the cobblestone via TravelingBoy.com.

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