This week’s photo study has been inspired by Ted Forbes’ discussion about the use of red within photography. Undertaking a photo walk with an intention to see and photograph “red” is an interesting experience that I invite you to explore.
Red is the color at the end of the visible spectrum of light, next to orange and opposite violet. Reds range from the brilliant yellow-tinged scarlet and vermillion to bluish-red crimson, and vary in shade from the pale red pink to the dark red burgundy.
Red is the color of blood and has a historical association with sacrifice, danger, and courage. It is also the color most commonly associated with heat, danger, determination, strength, activity, passion, sexuality, anger, love and joy.
When you place the color red within a frame of contrasting colors the brain will always direct the eye to the red object first.
Because red attracts the human eye it, it also acts as an invisible leading line inviting the viewer into an image.
Red creates a focal point…an anchor, something that isn’t the subject, but supports it
Red offers us a point of interest when there isn’t one
I hope you enjoy the creative work of photographers who participated in Ted Forbes’ photo assignment on the color red.