Anyway, this week's posts center on color, light, and, moreover, how light affects the colors of certain photographs. My post deals more with the role of light and color in unposed portraiture, while Haley's writeup will center more on her areas of expertise.
So, let's begin with a musical.
Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George, 1984, is what comes to mind when contemplating the role of color and light in certain photographs. In his song, "Color and Light" (Hey! What a coincidence!), the artist George Seurat sings:
Color and light.
There's only color and light.
Yellow and white.
Just blue and yellow and white.
Look at the air, miss-
See whet I mean?
No, look over there, miss-
That's done with green...
Conjoined with orange...
Throughout the musical, Sondheim's Seurat obsesses over the role of color and light, along with how these two elements make art a living, breathing creation. Seurat surrounds himself with the idea of color and light, with the notion that light greatly influences the power of color and vice versa. These beliefs are reflected in his major work, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884–1886), which relies on the eye's understanding of the combined efforts of these two elements.
|Crystal - Sloss Furnace, Birmingham, AL (Sept. 2010)|
|Looking at the Geese - Green Mountain, Huntsville, AL (Jul. 2009)|
|Wandering in Gruenewald, Berlin, Germany (May 2008)|
There really is a lot more to be said on this theme, along with more color and light studies to be done. Besides, I've been horribly lax on the snark factor in this post, which needs to be rectified. Regardless, I expect to post much more on varying topics concerning this theme, such as shadow play, (effective) overexposure, etc., etc. I look forward to it. You should, too.