I continue the flower theme of recent posts, this time with a side by side/ top/bottom comparison. The first orchid, bought to you by the recently held Pacific Orchid Expo held here in San Francisco, is given a ‘sepia’ toning, removing all color reference. What do you think?
Personally, I can’t seem to mentally or visually get away from the fact of knowing color is missing. This doesn’t stop me from appreciating the flower because to me there’s still lots to be appreciated. I like the shadows, the lighting, the hints at other plants in the immediate background. There’s a somberness, a reserved quality to this photo. Those qualities aren’t good or bad, they simply are.
Ah, with color restored, this orchid (coincidentally, the same flower as the first, but I know you knew that!) almost seems like a brand new bloom, or does it? It’s not just an interesting question, it’s a complex one, filled with variables one person may deem ‘top priority’, while another deems ‘less so’.
How do I see the original flower in all its colorful glory? An emotional response returns to my equation due to the color’s return. It ‘feels’ right, as Nature intended. I can’t help but feel a little bit… happier in the presence of bright, vibrant colors.
As before, I’d like to hear from any and all who care to express an opinion one way or the other. There is no right or wrong in my humble Obzervashun!
K’lee L. copyright 2015