Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Black and White Thinking

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Leo looking good in Black and White

Calvin: Dad, how come old photographs are always black and white? Didn't they have color film back then?
Dad: Sure they did. In fact, those old photographs are in color. It's just the world was black and white then.
Calvin: Really?
Dad: Yep. The world didn't turn color until sometime in the 1930s, and it was pretty grainy color for a while, too.
Calvin: That's really weird.
Dad: Well, truth is stranger than fiction.
Calvin: But then why are old paintings in color?! If their world was black and white, wouldn't artists have painted it that way?
Dad: Not necessarily. A lot of great artists were insane.
Calvin: But... but how could they have painted in color anyway? Wouldn't their paints have been shades of gray back then?
Dad: Of course, but they turned colors like everything else did in the '30s.
Calvin: So why didn't old black and white photos turn color too?
Dad: Because they were color pictures of black and white, remember?
- Calvin & Hobbes

8 comments:

Annette Selden said...

Henry loves this Calvin and Hobbes exchange (he quotes it). And I love Leo. Great post!

Jewels said...

Annette - I knew I liked Henry!

ELK said...

love black and white ~ why for this photo jewels?

Alan said...

My Favorite Calvin & Hobbes ever.

Jewels said...

Julie- I thought it was a good one with the lines and the bi-color cat, but mostly b/c I wanted to post the Calvin & Hobbes conversation :)

My fave too :)

ispeakbeanish said...

I love Calvin and Hobbes!

pearlie said...

haha ... this was our favourite strip and we tried on our Calvin!!!

Anooja said...

that was great jewels... calvin and hobbes is my favourite cartoon..