Monday, January 16, 2012

Some Things Should Not Be Colorized

I got a link to this from my buddy Bill Crider's blog.  I know the details in the colorized picture are much clearer, but it takes away so much from the romance of that early shot.  With the black and white rendering, the image looks like a snap shot out of time.

This is one of those iconic pictures that has been part of American history for generations.  I'm glad we have the technology to do these things for people that want it, but you can have too much of a good thing.

I've seen The Maltese Falcon in the original black-and-white and as a colorized version.  I would much rather see the black and white version.  The same goes for Casablanca.

And there's a wonderful movie that perhaps some of you have not seen called Portrait of Jenny that makes magnificent use of black-and-white imagery that would not stand out if colorized.  In fact, the film is one of the first that started using color, but only in the last few frames of the movie, and that is done to stunning effect.


SoonerJess said...

Honestly, if that photograph (kissing sailor) had been in color originally, I don't think it would have been so iconic.

Joe Jusko said...

Totally agree. All sense of history is lost. It looks like a Cosmo recreation of the original scene. Awful.

Mel Odom said...

One the other hand, your stuff is always filled with bright colors, which I love!