When I’m asked to recall a window, I’m drawn to this, a lone woman’s melancholy gaze breaking through the reflection of clouds on a bus window. It’s one of my all-time favorite shots, captured spontaneously while waiting for a red light to turn green at an intersection in Belgrade, Serbia, back in May 2007.
I’ve posted the color version before [and here and here and here]; prompted by this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge –the theme is Window– I decided to spend a few minutes playing with it in monochrome. You know, so I could post it again.
It’s difficult to pull off to equal effect. In the mono version, it’s not clear to me that the reflections are clouds. They almost look more like smoke. I do like the full black to full white range, and the gray does give both women’s expressions–melancholy on one, casual indifference on the other– a certain timeless quality.