“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. 🙂
“Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.” Oscar Wilde
When I was a child, red was my favorite color and I would reach for it again and again. I wore red, had red cups, toys, book covers, and when I bought and wore my first shade of lipstick… yes, I reached for red. For years, I loved red dresses because as Bill Blass would say, “When in doubt wear red.” It was always admired and ladies who were daring enough to show up at parties in red got some serious attention… Go figure. Interestingly, I switched to black in later years and now my color preferences have expanded to include lots of other shades… Red still features prominently but not as a daily color I reach for. How about you? What are your thoughts? What shades of red did you capture this week? What is your favorite color and did you find the exercise, easy or hard? Do share?
Positive Motivation Tip: Colors add another dimension to our lives and give some insight to our personality and mood; Brighten your day with a daring shade of red.
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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.