"Few subjects lend themselves to both black-and-white and color image concepts. Years ago, at a Yosemite Workshop, Marie Cosindas agreed with me that she was seeing photographs as compositions in color; her camera visualizations were often inappropriate to black-and-white imagery. I believe this experience favorably influenced her great career in color photography. Such experiences, perhaps not fully understood at the time, may create or confirm controlling lifetime concepts and skills." - Ansel Adams
Still haven't been able to make a color print that moves me. I was trying to figure out why this was. I have seen plenty of color movies where the photography adds some aesthetic feeling. And then I was thinking about the control that you have over the costumes, the scenery. Want some fog, call in the fog machine. I always have this desire to apply some painter type filter to the color shots. It is puzzling to me. An example, I printed the tumbler shot as an 8 x 10. The red trunks were annoying to me. The blue sky was distracting. So I put the thing into monochrome, and the forms suddenly stood out. The glare and the sweat on the clenched arm stood out.
But most of all, the sense of motion became more pronounced. There was a smooth transition of tones. So what I was thinking, was that maybe color made the shot too real. Less abstract. And by having these arbitrary colors, just like in real life, the sense of the image as art - was gone. I wanted to repaint the trunks. I didn't care for the color of the trees.
But I have seen color images that have feeling in them. But very rarely of street scenes, and even more rarely of people.
I was looking at some beautiful color shots this morning on a safari site. Very exotic to me. Maybe because these are things I've never seen, I'm more distanced from them.
I guess I'm throwing out a lot of possible explanations - and there is one more - that I'm just not much good at color photography. This is also a reasonable explanation since I've spent so many years looking at the world through a monochromatic prism. I'll post the monchromatic version of this shot after I've fine-tuned it a bit.