“Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.” Pablo Picasso
What does the color red mean to you? Do you make any associations with specific colors? Which colors do you gravitate to and why? Most people consciously or unconsciously reach for the same family of colors again and again. We choose them because we love the shade, they remind us of certain events or simply because we find them uplifting and cheery. For those who investigate the meaning of colors, red is considered the color of love and aggression; there is something about fiery red that gets some people excited. Even language uses red to connote emotions, types, beliefs and behaviors; seeing red, red states, redcoats and more. I remember friends sharing that if you drive a red car, the chances of being pulled over by a cop is greater… perhaps the brightness draws attention more than anything else. I’ve always loved red so I find stories and emotions attached to it fascinating.
“The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.” John Ruskin
For this week’s Photo Challenge: Red exercise, I found lots of things in red; a surfeit of choices and really had to pare it down and share only the red things that had a little bit more interest factor. As I was working on this post, I was reminded of how often we put our hearts and soul into a project and yes, the human heart is always shown in red; ditto all the Valentine’s Day paraphernalia. I also remembered that the American Heart Association runs the Go Red For Women Red Dress campaign which serves as an important symbol reminding women to fight heart disease by taking care of our hearts… Do get a check up if any pain or discomfort arise. Your life depends on it. I enjoyed this challenge a lot and I hope you like this collection of shades of red today.