Figure 7.2. Sometimes black and white can provide an historical look to an image.

• Color is inflammatory or disturbing. Although nearly all of Quentin Tarantino's 2003 film Kill Bill: Vol. 1 is presented in color, one crucial fight is shown (at least in USA versions) in black and white, simply because it was felt that the gory scene would be too shocking if presented in full, living color.

• Color changes the emphasis. For example, you've probably seen figure studies in which close-ups of some body part, such as the curve of a shoulder, are made to represent something else, such as a desert landscape. The converse is also true: Edward Weston's famous still life, "Pepper #30" is said to resemble the musculature of a man kneeling (among other things). In color, it would simply be a very interesting

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• You want to combine several color images that have widely varying color balances and have no time or inclination to make them match, or one or more of them are so off-color that you'd never be able to make them look anything other than patched together. If a color picture isn't an overriding concern, converting everything to black and white before compositing them together may be a satisfactory alternative.

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