I spent a fair amount of time with film at one point in my life, so it was easy to have a quick flood of associations, Wim Wenders "Wings of Desire" being foremost among them. I don't know why scholars and critics didn't point to the Powell movie when Wenders released his film, since clearly there are strong parallels between the two.* That aside, I began ruminating on the effect of b&w versus color in film and if there was a way to connect this to fragrance. Motion picture film, mind you, not still photography; scent exists through time, and frequently has a development, whereas a photograph is a frozen moment--even if motion is implicit--for the viewer to linger on, with, within, without. That's what you learn when you make movies: it's not just sound + vision, it's sound + vision + time.
Is there such a thing as a black and white fragrance? I tried at first with the historical angle, but that just doesn't work. It's like the notion that people dream in black and white, and color dreaming was an aberration; dreaming in black and white was more commonly reported in an era when films (and then television) were in black and white. Color has been with us for the duration of our history; its obviously an option for a perfume from any era.
So black and white is more about...what? Focusing on contrast? Emphasizing moments over movement? Filtering out extraneous information so that one examines a particular set of details?
I don't know yet. I'm pondering this. I'll tell you this: It's hard for me to conceive of a white floral that isn't a fragrance that is in "color," soliflore or not. And I'm thinking that maybe Knize Ten is a black and white fragrance--so clearly about that sharp leather that one starts to see the nubbies in the hide. But I'm not convinced.
Maybe if I tried to triangulate it with music...but what is the musical equivalent of color versus black and white?
Sorry...all I'm doing here today is raising questions. Clearly, I'm not done rumbling this around in my head.
*A male character falls to earth, one due to the mistake of an angel, the other an angel himself. Both are in love with a woman on earth. Both need to explain why they should stay on earth. And, for both, earth is full of "information," i.e., in color.