Light exposes matter. The eye zooms in on that which is in the light via your subjective UI. What is light and what draws the eye to specific forms of matter in the light?
Color is the sound an object makes in response to light. Objects don't speak unless spoken to. An object does not have a color, it makes a color (the way a bell makes a sound). Sound is molecular motion. Color, too, is molecular motion. Color is the selective absorption and emission of light on the surface of an object. As an untouched drum makes no sound, an object in total darkness has no color.
A photograph full of muted but complicated color is similar to a full orchestra playing a quiet passage: powerful resources used to create a subtle effect. With my eyes I begin to hear what I see.