Art Watch: More Fall Collor

By Denali National Park and Preserve (Fall ColorUploaded by AlbertHerring) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

It is a lovely feeling, to eat a whole mouthful of jellybeans at once.  The strong and contrasting flavors are pleasantly giddy like a child unwrapping presents at Christmas. Our tongues get coated with splashes of wild color, and flavors that fight for our attention.  This imprints a reckless carnival atmosphere. It’s a great place to visit, but not where my heart longs to dwell.

So often those color images seem determined to overwhelm us with data, to wow us with variety, yet we miss the essential elements of the photo, the bones and structure. Even the atmosphere can be overwhelmed by too many inputs dancing across our eyes.

The most expressive visual of oppressive humidity and heat came from the solarium in “The Big Sleep.” Somehow, with the full command of color, movies have not quite captured the brooding obsession, the heavy atmosphere, and the stifling isolation captured in one scene at the lens of a master.

I’m fully convinced one of the reasons why Ansel Adams is still loved, is his ability to find purity of form– which sings when you are working with black, white and grayscale.

Sometimes, full color distracts from what’s really there. Here, we see the charms of this one tree, and the full beauty of the landscape, stark and solid in black and white.

I choose to meditate in simplicity.

By Cyberuly (My Nikon D60) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons Altered: Gray Scale, saved as PNG and renamed to galluzzo-staircase-bw.png

By Cyberuly (My Nikon D60) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Altered: Gray Scale, saved as PNG and renamed to galluzzo-staircase-bw.png

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