In my home decor I tend to prefer harmonious colours which are more relaxing to look at on a daily basis but I do love colour and when I am scrapbooking will sometimes create a page with bright contrasting colours. I certainly like them in my photographs.
Remember that red and green shop front that had me puzzled in “Warm and Cool Colours”?
Here it is again. Contrasting colours.
The red geraniums and light and dark pinks contrasted so well with the green foliage that I stood out in the rain to capture them.
This is a better picture than I took on my last visit to Sydney. The blue and yellow are a great contrast in this photo.
The orange on both the tug and the Antarctic supply ship contrast strongly with the blue sky and sea which would increase their visibility especially way down near the South Pole where everything is either blue or white. On the other ship the blue and yellow contrast with each other. I have often noticed that public transit systems tend to have a lot of yellow, orange and blue in their stations and trains. I wonder if this is for visibility too or because they are high energy colours that keep people moving along at a brisk pace. Maybe a bit of both.
Here is another blue/yellow/orange combination which I photographed mainly because I liked the colour combination. In the following photo, a prop for a parade on board ship, there are a multitude of colours all contrasting, or clashing if you like with each other. The reds, yellows and oranges of the graphics with the green, blue and mauve of the background. It’s all a bit chaotic.
I had to search for a good purple/yellow combination and found this one of daffodils and tulips although these are more of a pinky purple.
I enjoy these colours together and probably if I were making a scrapbook page one of these bright, contrasting pictures would be the one I would choose to enlarge and feature rather than one that featured colours that were all similar to each other. It’s easy to see why portrait photographers like their subjects to wear clothing that will contrast with the background they will be using , why many sports teams wear brightly coloured uniforms and why clowns wear such garish colours together. Contrasting colours are shouting “Look at me!”