I stated my opinion.
In making a colour edit I was trying to remove some of the aesthetic intention, but even there, in essential construct it still remains anything but an illustration of an 'event'.
Still even though you state it's famous, to me it's nothing more than a mundane picture of a car on fire.
Nothing about it seems to bring it up the scale to being a great picture or even all that interesting.
There must not be many car fires in the UK?
When I grew up in Canada I don't recall ever seeing a car on fire. In the US it's pretty common and in fact they always send fire trucks to car accidents.
Two weeks ago something like 4-5 women burned to death in the back of a limo crossing a bridge into San Francisco.
If I had a camera and saw a car burning, I'd see if there was something I could do first. If not, I'd take a picture regardless of paint color..
I guess the point of the OP is escaping me as those colors are quite common on cars of those years, so the colors didn't enter my consideration of the picture. The flames and the vintage of the auto's are what struck me.
Also, when the picture was taken is salient. It seems we have far more "silver/grey" cars now than we did back then. It would be difficult to not have colorful cars in a photograph back then.
That's very true. I think the bold primaries of cars in the 70s have a lot to do with the emergence of colour art photography, in connection with the New Topographics.Quote:
It would be difficult to not have colorful cars in a photograph back then.
The biggest subjective concern I'd have is safety and being able to help. Those aside, I've only seen two or three burning cars in my life - too interesting to pass on aesthetic grounds.
Seeing that my photography is mostly snapshots/memories, I'd be capturing the moment - so it would be more of the newspaper analogy.
However, if I had a number of pictures I were displaying for whatever reason (publication, web, slide show, etc), then color (or whatever aesthetic concern I were illustrating) might influence the choice of what I show. The picture would not have been taken for the purpose it would later serve.
Of course, if I were asked about it, I may not admit how things really transpired ;)
On the other hand, choosing photos that illustrate a subject is not the same as claiming to have taken it for that purpose. Most avid photographers have quite a portfolio of images to draw from.