When I originally photographed scenes in WV I was hoping that they would make good monochrome images. Some of them have worked for monochrome, but maybe some have not. Since the scenes contain such complex compositions of browns and greens, different things are lost or amplified when viewing them in monochrome. Personally I could go with monochrome, but I imagine most would prefer color.
There is more “beauty” in the color renditions, but if the message is the randomness of the ecology of the woods, the decay, the complexity of death, etc., the monochrome images portray a different “story” from the color ones.
Or is that I don’t see much “beauty” in the world, especially as I look forward into the future.