“What ever you do, Make IT Colorful!”
Many have asked me about my family’s photo shoot for our 2016 Christmas Card.
#1 It was one of the funnest things our family has done recently.
To me, color represents so many things but one thing fa sure is…Play.
Greg McKeown, in his New York Times Bestseller, “Essentialism, says about play, “When we play, we are engaged in the purest expression of our humanity, the truest expression of our individuality.”
#2 It felt like a constructive release of some primal energy that ended up being somewhat empowering. (I don’t know what I meant by that?) Let’s just say it was therapeutic. A safe place to explore the artistic elements.
McKeown mentions that play is an antidote to stress. Studies from the animal kingdom reveal that play is so crucial to the development of key cognitive skills it may even play a role in a species’ survival. McKeown sites the research study of Bob Fagan who has spent many years studying the behavior of grizzly bears. Fagan discovered that the bears who played the most survived the longest. He said, “In a world continuously presenting unique challenges and ambiguity, play prepares these bears for a changing planet.” (pg. 86)
#3 It brought out the smiles. The true smiles, not the cheesy ones. Isn’t that what you want for any photo shoot.
Here is a blurb about color. Little do we notice the immense impact that color has on us all! Those of you who have faced the difficulty of choosing a paint color for your kitchen walls have an idea of how much color affects our mood, perception, and state of mind. How we choose to use color is a personal decision and a form of art. Being conscious of our colors and how we can use them for our benefit can make the biggest difference in how we feel and act! My favorite thing about color: Have you ever noticed when you go out in nature, that all of the colors seem to compliment each other perfectly? Even if the color wheel states that certain colors don’t go with others, all of natures colors seamlessly blend together despite what humans say about the rules of color.
Red The color wheel’s most intense color; red symbolizes ignition, power, and energy.
Red is often associated with romance and passion, and wearing red can one doors to
deeper affection. In China, red is a symbol of good luck.
Orange Orange sends out feeling of happiness and warmth. It is most often used in
the autumn months, during the change of seasons. Orange is also one of the loudest
colors on the color wheel and the hardest to compliment, and it can sometimes radiate
feelings of stress or chaos. However, orange also carries with it the exhilaration of life,
and can be used as an energizer. In general, men respond better to orange than
Yellow The color of joy. This is the color that resonates with the sun, the breath of life.
Yellow signifies freedom from suffering and creative thought. Bright hues of can
irritate the eyes, which is why lighter hues are preferred in more instances. To wear
yellow mean to be awake, conscious, and alive.
Green As natures most prized color, green represents growth and rebirth. It can give
us the same sensations as nature: restored energy and a sense of well being. Lighter
hues of green are very meditative colors.Green is one of the most versatile colors; in
some cultures, green is like the color red in that it stimulates passion and affection.
Darker hues of green at times represent evil, and are often worn by villains in movies.
Blue The color of loyalty. One the the most humble colors on the color wheel; blue
does not draw attention to itself and carries great responsibility. blue symbolizes
maturity. Blue has a need for order and direction; blue does not cope well with chaos.
As a color of leadership, many superheroes bear the color blue.
Purple The color of mystery; this color relates to the imagination and to spirituality. It
contains the same energy and ignition as red mixed with the loyalty and humility of
blue. Throughout history it has been the color of royalty. Purple radiates individuality, but has been shown to,
at times, evoke feelings of Solitude.
But, let’s get to the real intention I am making this post. Imagine our world with no color, no diversity, no play, no beauty. I say let us all let color heal.
Let us all be champions of Color.
…unwavering in making things better for all.
Let color help us be inhibited.
Use Color to be more accepting, kind, inclusive, peaceful.
Now its your turn. Point, Focus, Shoot. Do your color photo shoot with friends and family and post it.
Here is what you need:
Photographer Karl Tenney