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Gallery Twelve: Using color to express ideas


Expressive travel photography makes the most out of color. Color not only attracts the eye and stimulates our senses, but it also can represent or symbolize ideas that can help us convey ideas to others. To use color effectively, you must consciously look for it – not just take it for granted. You must not only look for specific colors but also how they work (or don’t work) together. Color must be carefully selected and used. The mindless, accidental use of color, more often than not, produces chaotic snapshots filled with distraction that dilute rather than reinforces meaning. (This is one reason why no color at all – black and white imaging – is often an asset. It can greatly simplify many images, boiling them down to their essence, abstracting them by removing accidental color altogether. For much more on black and white photography, visit my black and white gallery at: http://www.pbase.com/pnd1/black_and_white ) Here is a selection of color images, generally selected from my archive of digital travel articles posted at http://www.pnd1.smugmug.com/ . In each of them, I’ve tried to use color as a medium of communication.

This gallery is presented in "blog" style. A large thumbnail is displayed for each image, along with a detailed caption explaining how I intended to express my ideas. If you click on the large thumbnail, you can see it in its full size, as well as leave comments and read the comments of others. I hope you will be able to participate in the dialogue. I welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas, and questions, and will be delighted to respond.