Monday, September 3, 2012

George Eastman's Garden

So here is my dilemma: I wandered around the gardens at the Eastman House, which I always do after spending time in the galleries. This is my favorite photograph. It has a different quality from any other garden photo I have taken in the past. The large dark shapes in the background are unusual for me to see and give this image a different feel. OK, this part was easy. I took the photograph in color, but then converted it to black & white. I have s couple of wonderful books of black & white garden photographs taken in the late 1800's and early 1900's and I really love what the photographers have done without the advantage of color. So I am always thinking about the difference between working in each. So I am not sure whether or not the black and white photo here is better than the version in color. I think it might be. What do you think?


Anonymous said...

I choose color. Black & White is dreary.

Dean said...

Hi Ken-
Not only were they restricted to black and white before the middle of the last century, but also, most films were blue-sensitive, and would be difficult to compare to a "converted" photo w/out also using a filter or using photoshop to first remove the red colors... Just saying.. -Dean

Anonymous said...

This black & white photo looks foreboding - I think it's because of the shapes in the background. I prefer the color. bsk