This week, I’m sharing my “pop of pink” with Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesdays. (If you’re yearning for a bouquet of mood-boosting colourful images, you’ll want to hop on over there right now.)
I have to admit that I am easily pleased. And one of the things that always pleases me is beautiful colour, whether in the natural world or the human-made one . But it was in Kat Sloma’s Find Your Eye course that I first understood my own preferences and relationship to colour in my images.
From the beginning I have been attracted to and repelled by certain uses of colour, but it was all unconscious until I spent some time reflecting on it in Kat’s excellent courses.
If you’re looking to refine your unique photographic style, I would highly recommend her online courses. They help you to “dive deeper into experiencing the environment around you and learn to understand what calls to you.”
I have come to realize that I am not generally one for riotous mixtures of disorganized colour in my images. I realize I am very affected by colour and too much can be jarring and over stimulating to look at.
I am most often drawn to very subtle, soft and restrained colour palettes rather than primary hues. I love monochrome or almost-monochrome images. When using more colour, I prefer analogous schemes — colours that nestle next to each other on the colour wheel (like blues and turquoises and greens) — which are often found in nature. The shifting colours of the ocean never cease to pull my camera in their direction.
The other way colour shows up in my images is as soft complementary colours — opposite colours on the wheel — like blue and orange or pink and light green. Most of the time I shoot these pairings quite unconsciously…and when I come home and look at my images in Bridge, I’ll shake my head to realize I’ve done it again!
Mark Nepo, the author of the quote above, has many wonderful books out — one of his most well known is the Book of Awakening.
If you’re a fan — or curious to know more about him — you might enjoy a wonderful interview with Mark Nepo by Jennifer Louden.