Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/03/02

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Subject: [Leica] IMGS: Pisac Market
From: kididdoc at (Steve Barbour)
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2009 21:04:27 -0700
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On Mar 2, 2009, at 7:41 AM, Tina Manley wrote:

> At 03:51 PM 3/1/2009, you wrote:
>> it's sort of a paradox, I know the color sells better, but you can
>> only say ..."look at the beautiful colors" in so many ways, then it
>> becomes redundant...
>> color has replaced content...
>> Steve
> I agree, Steve, and I almost always prefer B&W, but for some  
> cultures, color is such an important part of their lives that to  
> leave it out seems to be leaving out part of their character.  In  
> Peru, all of their handicrafts, clothes, weavings - everything that  
> they surround themselves with is brilliantly colored.  Out in the  
> rural areas, their homes are made of adobe mud - dark brown - and  
> most do not have electricity.  It's all dark and drab and mud- 
> colored except for the bright splashes of their weavings.  I think  
> in this case, color is part of the content and has not replaced it.   
> I do intend to try most of them both ways.  So far, I've only looked  
> at the jpegs - half of which are B&W and half color.  I'm sure I'll  
> end up switching in some cases, but right now I'm sticking with my  
> original decision.

I do understand Tina and it's a tough call; we have discussed this  
dilemma before.   Color is essential from one perspective, but it has  
obvious negatives, and if you want to sell the photos, common wisdom  
is that color is necessary...

Just the obvious question ..why is color necessary to the people and  
to the photos..brings up an interesting deep question, why is color  
added on by the people to their customary drab lives...?
what would you see if you looked underneath ie beyond  the color ? It  
does raise the interesting possibility that you would see the people  
quite differently...


> Tina
> Tina Manley
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Replies: Reply from philippe.amard at (Philippe AMARD) ([Leica] IMGS: was Pisac Market - now colours)
In reply to: Message from images at (Tina Manley) ([Leica] IMGS: Pisac Market)
Message from kididdoc at (Steve Barbour) ([Leica] IMGS: Pisac Market)
Message from images at (Tina Manley) ([Leica] IMGS: Pisac Market)