My first set of images were completed within the time line suggested by my tutor but were boring. Most were staged with items of the required colour placed before another colour. Not very creative, not very difficult but would have met the brief. That's not the way I intend to complete this course by taking the easy option. To get the most out of this learning opportunity I need to improve both my camera skills and creativity - even if that means the course overall takes longer.
The second set of images are now 6 months late. I'm still not entirely happy with them, by that I mean there is always room for improvement, but they at least demonstrate that I understand Von Goethe's colour theory and can use it - although in some cases I have chosen to ignore it if I think it improves the image. (Not sure how that will be received by my tutor when it comes to marking but I'll find out soon enough)
Some of the most important learning points for me relating to colour are:
- Colours provoke a psychological effect, a feeling, an emotion. They are a very powerful non verbal language which we react to subjectively, depending on our experiences, but which are largely instinctive.
- Colours convey different meanings to different cultures but some colour effects have universal meaning e.g. Blue = cool.
- Colours are also known to have a physical reaction. E.g. when surrounded by the colour yellow a person feels more optimistic because the brain releases the chemical serotonin.
- There are prescribed relationships in colour and ways of combining them that are acceptable to the viewer therefore personal expression in the use of colour demands creativity.
- Generally there is more of a sense of movement in an image with contrasting colours and accents than there is with similar or complimentary colours. A colour accent acts in the same way as a small object stands out clearly from the background to create a point of interest.