civilized ku # 5144 / the new snapshot # 198 ~ color

tabletop color ~ (embiggenable) • µ4/3

our new Mercedes ~ (embiggenable) • iPhone

On The Online Photograher, Mike Johnston has recently started a fairly regular (2x a month?) feature called Baker's Dozen wherein he asks for picture submissions based upon a specific theme. As the name suggests, Johnston picks 13 pictures from those submitted for presentation on TOP.

Early this week Johnston aksed for the submission of color pictures which, in their making, demanded that they be made in color. I am considering a submission.

That written, I must write, in all honestly, that all of my pictures "demand" to be made in color simply because I am trying my best to picture and represent the world as it is and not as, in my words, a BW abstract picture of the world.

That written, iMo and conventionally writing, the only pictures that demand to be made in color are those which are about color. Or, those in which the color is an important element in the picture maker's visual intent (that would be me).

In my picture making, I have made many pictures about color which are strictly about color.. The most recent example is presented in this entry. Without question, my eye and sensibilities were pricked by the colors in the pictured-as-found scene. And, while many may be quick to point out that the picture is about fruits and flowers, to my eye and sensibilities, those items are just the visual referents which are used to illustrate the "real" referent of color.

FYI, the our new Mercedes picture is presented seemingly as a contrast to the tabletop color picture inasmuch as most would condsider that that picture does not demand the use of color and it would have worked just fine in BW. However, (once again) to my eye and sensibilitires, the 5 isolated spots of red and orange add a nice degree of visual energy which helps get the eye moving around the 2D field / surface of the picture.

Inasmuch as the our new Mercedes picture was meant a "just" a snapshot of our new car, presenting the picture in BW would have worked well enough. However, if we had purchased the red Mercedes .....