Imagination…

IMAGINATION: Sunflower 01

What If You Slept

What if you slept

And what if

In your sleep

You dreamed

And what if

In your dream

You went to heaven

And there plucked a strange and beautiful flower

And what if

When you awoke

You had that flower in you hand

Ah, what then?

SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE (1772-1834)

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, as he so beautifully illustrated in this poem, believed in the power of imagination.

As an artist, the first step in creation is always imagination. To bring a concept or visualization into reality is truly a gift shared by all of humanity.

Take a moment to read the poem again. Then sit back, relax, and ask yourself, “Ah, what then?”

For me my photograph, “Imagination: Sunflower 01”, is a symbol of imagination. This unusual flower with its beautiful colors, shapes and textures is evidence of an imagination far greater than mine.

Prints are available here.

The Color Orange… Flamboyant—Warm—Jovial

The Color Orange: Glass Works 13
The Color Orange: Glass Works 13

The color orange excites the senses. Orange invigorates the body and stimulates mental activity.

Desire, creativity, emotion, pleasure, and intimacy…these are all terms associated with the flamboyant color orange.

Color therapists use orange to promote joy and counteract depression.

Orange is the color of the extrovert, the adventurer and risk-taker.

Orange also connotes a creative flair, a sense of enthusiasm, and spontaneity.

And as Frank Sinatra once said, “Orange is the happiest color.”

Colors are known to invoke an emotional response, impact mood, and even have healing powers.

As a photographer, I challenged myself to create images that featured a dominant color chosen for its beneficial characteristics.

The Color Orange: Glass Works 16

I hope I have captured the wonderful characteristics of orange in the photographs Glass Works 13 and 16.

Please take a closer look at a larger version of these two photographs, plus more color-themed images by following the links below.

Stay tuned—I’ll be featuring more images and their good-for-the-soul color characteristics in future posts.

Glass Works 13

Glass Works 16

 

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