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What is Your Favourite Colour?

November 2, 2011

I don’t think I could imagine our world without colour. I guess that’s why I rarely take monochromatic photographs. I admit that sometimes black and white images can portray the emotions better than the colour ones, yet close your eyes and try to picture bright red sky at dawn or rough green sea, or myriad of yellow leaves in autumn… Admit it, the sense of sight would be incomplete without the ability to see colour.

What is colour?

In scientific language – colour derives from the spectrum of light (distribution of light power versus wavelength) interacting in the eye with the spectral sensitivities of the light receptors. In more simple terms – colour is light of different wavelengths and frequencies and light is just one form of energy that we can actually see that is made up from photons. We are all surrounded by electromagnetic waves of energy of which colour is just a small part.

This discovery belongs to Sir Isaac Newton. In 1666 he noticed that when pure white light passes through a prism, it separates into all of the visible colors. Newton also found that each color is made up of a single wavelength and cannot be separated any further into other colors. Yet further experiments demonstrated that light could be combined to form other colors. (For e.g. red light mixed with yellow light creates an orange color, but some colours, such as yellow and purple, cancel each other out when mixed and result in a white light.)

Colour and Emotions

I’m sure that you’ve heard that colour can dramatically affect moods, feelings and emotions. It can even cause physiological reactions – for e.g. certain colors can raise blood pressure, increase metabolism or cause eyestrain.

It’s really easy to remember, just think of a water tap – red for hot/blue for cold. Colors in the red area of the color spectrum – red, orange and yellow – are known as warm colors and these warm colors evoke emotions ranging from feelings of warmth and comfort to feelings of anger and hostility. Yet colours on the blue side of the spectrum are known as cool colors and include blue, purple and green. These colors are often described as calm, but can also call to mind feelings of sadness or indifference.

What is Your Favourite Colour?

Let me guess – it’s blue. No? Then it’s green!

It is said that associative learning is the process when an individual develops a colour preference. In general, people have a connection with certain colors due to their experiences with objects of those colours. A person who has positive experiences with a favorite purple stuffed animal as a kid will generally like the colour purple even later into life. This works in a negative manner as well.

Then how do you explain the fact that most people asked about their favourite colour say it is blue and that the second most popular colour is green!?

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  1. November 3, 2011 3:05 pm

    Mine is blue, so predictable. A close second comes turquoise, purple is my least favourite colour, however I do like greyish purples or very pale lilac greys. Lovely photographs.

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