Yes, isn’t it interesting indeed how certain images affect us. Below are two versions of the same photo (which happens to be the view from my current production office window in Providence, RI).
Though a decent composition with a sort of 70’s vibe, for the most part the color original leaves me as cold as a stone.
Yet the somewhat bleached out B&W version evokes an array of complex feelings and impressions. I can’t really articulate them but they’re akin to what’s stirred by my favorite British Kitchen Sink films. Who knows why, but it has always been that way for me. Every so often something I see grabs me for reasons unknown. I spent almost the entirety of my scholastic career staring at the light and shadows that creased the classroom walls, so there must be something to it.
I’ll bet that’s a quality all cinematographers share. Certainly it’s one of the main reasons I do what I do. I’m a very lucky guy…