In response to the previous post, David Goldfarb sent this picture. It shows Grant's Tomb and the Riverside Church in Manhattan, looking south along the Hudson River. David took the picture from the window of his apartment on the 20th floor of a 21-story highrise building at 125th and Riverside Drive. He says he's photographed the same scene "hundreds of times." The snow-covered lawn is where The White Stripes were playing in the image posted in the Featured Comment to this TOP post back in October.
It's often a source of wonder to me that color photography so infrequently uses color to any advantage—many viewers seem to prefer color simply for its verisimilitude—it shows what was, just because it was—without any thought to whether it the colors in a picture have any aesthetic affect or impact. Color can ruin pictures for me, as often as not. I like the subtlety and harmoniousness of the color in this. It helps that I love winter scenes, and that I much prefer landscapes that don't exclude the presence of humanity. This one even has some echoes to a painting I've written about before, one that I have emotional associations to from my youth—Pieter Brueghel the Elder's "The Return of the Hunters." It's also got a strong sense of a particular place, which is important in my view.
Taken on Polaroid Type 809 film, in the winter of 2005. Click on the image to see a larger version.
Mike (Thanks to David)