Gray Leaves

(Toledo, OH) There is always a starkness that I associate with black-and-white photos, a sort of sinister trick on the part of the photographer to remove all traces of color. The leaves in this image were a delicious blend of vibrant green as well as the usual fall hues of orange, yellow, and brown, but with the black-and-white setting everything appears in shades of gray.

Instead of a lively late fall setting, one gets an impression instead of something more somber, more funereal. I might argue that the use of black-and-white photography is an exercise in deception, were it not for the fact that I have some days in which my ability to appreciate color exactly mirror the photograph on the left.


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