Not everyone can be a painter or graphic designer; for some of us our talent is in photography. My philosophy is if a scene strikes a cord in your brain, then take the picture. We do not have to agree with everyone's notion of what constitutes art. Hemingway put it another way, "No subject is terrible if the story is true..."
Many photographers thought B&W was dead. It had no place in the digital age...it belonged to another age. But, as we get older we return to our roots. For the last 20 years I ignored my B&W roots, but recently I began the process of rediscovery. It is like finding a long lost friend or relative.
You might ask why B&W. Frankly, some photographs just look better in B&W. If a color image looks bland, try converting it to B&W and you will see subtle shades of gray that enhance the picture. Shadows and shapes are better defined. Its all in the eye of the beholder.