Musing About Color, Part 1
FREAK FLAG DYE COMPANY·SATURDAY, JANUARY 7, 20177 Reads
I have been ruminating about a conversation I had with an artist friend concerning color palettes. We talked about light and it’s effect on color perceptions as well.
As an amateur photographer, I am aware of the effects of light and color temperature and saturation. When I moved from the East Coast to the West Coast I had to rethink the way I shoot (I am an available light, strictly manual sort of gal who avoids even fill flash unless there is no other way) because of the differences in the natural light. I spend a lot of time fretting and fidgeting over the photos I post on this page (which is one reason there haven’t been many lately, the others are because well. . . holidays and life and stuff). I want the colors of the shirts to be as true as possible and the subtleties of the way the dyes act to show up as accurately as possible. Too bad I can’t do anything about the characteristics of computer monitors.(Who, me? OCD? maybe just a little. My therapist accuses me of being too analytical.)
Speaking in very broad generalities, if you think about it, people from bright sunny environments tent to wear very bright, sunny colors. Think Mexico, the Caribbean, and even California, because the quality of the sunlight there tends to be very bright and clear. Here in the Appalachian mountains, even in spring and fall, the colors in our environment tend toward the more muted due to our weather patterns. We have more overcast days and drizzle. Even on our sunniest days the quality of light here is more diffused and hazy. I am a native of the Appalachians and naturally gravitate to the colors I grew up around. In my wanderings I have lived in many places that attract tourists. They can often be spotted by the fact that their clothing does not blend with the local palette. A shirt I dyed for myself and of which I am very proud is so bright I feel very self-conscious wearing it locally, but would not think twice about wearing it in California.
In my long history of people watching I have noticed that those who wish to be taken seriously, no matter what the climate, tend toward dark colors; clergy (black), law enforcement (navy and dark grey), military (olive drab, dark brown, navy, grey). Bright colors seem to be reserved for children, entertainers, emergency personnel, and anyone who wants or needs to draw attention, except in the sunnier/warmer climates.
I think in future notes I will pick a color and ramble on about it. Stay tuned.