I was excited last week, when I heard that Pantone has declared “Green” to be the color of the year!
Excited, as it’s always been my favorite color!
I’m one of those people who change the decor of my home according to the season… right down to rotating four seasonal dinnerware prints, moving furniture and changing out wall art to suit (much to the irritation of family and friends). It could be an element of the Gemini personality (easily bored!) or it could be in response to the prevailing energies that the seasons bring to life… but I’ve been this way since a teenager and I’m not ashamed to admit it.
Since diving into photography for a profession (as opposed to a simple personal pastime); I’ve explored the talents of countless artists whose work I admire greatly. We all have a unique style that shines through our work, regardless of our genre or medium. Many of the works which stand out in my mind most, surprisingly enough, are black and white or “monochrome”. I love the simplicity of the compositions and the fact that the eye can rest a bit and focus on the finer details of the imagery.
However, there comes a time when a little color is the order of the day. Bright, colorful pops of color can completely change the vibe of your surroundings… elevating mood and infusing a renewed sense of life to the other elements in the room.
I find myself in a difficult transition period and have been taking up temporary residence in a small motel in a small Delaware town.
My room has two pieces of art in cheap frames… surprisingly… photography! One is an architectural element and the other is a rather nice abstract shadow of an interesting trellis.
However, the room itself is done in dull, neutral colors (and hideous 80’s patterns but that’s a post for a different day!) and the photos seem very out-of-place. Its a pity really… because color can inspire people to behave differently!
The owner could use this opportunity to inspire visitors to pay a little more and stay a little longer… or at the very least… treat the room with a little more respect.
Color is power!
There are examples of Nature’s power all over the place… and color plays a huge part in that. In nature, color signals danger, attracts mates , encourages fertility and so much more…
When it comes to colorful photography, art, or decor… one can often find opportunities just by looking around in the natural, green places in your neighborhood.
If you’re considering making a colorful change to your decor or personal style, don’t be afraid to fully commit to it. This doesn’t mean you need to suddenly plaster every surface with color… remember to give the eye a place to rest in the grand scheme of the room! But avoid washed out or diluted colors. Make sure that the background of your colorful subject is simple and clean, in order to get the full benefit.
For in doing so, you’ll be inspired to spread your wings in other areas of life… and you’ll inspire others to do the same.