Think in colour

Inverting colourful carefree flowers into a black and white still. Use of colour comes to mind, as it instantly speaks to the viewer. There is a language in colour. The photograph seems to have had life squeezed out of it. There is no movement, no colour. So is there a purpose to the photo? Certainly my purpose was simply to take a photo. Perhaps it reflects something of how we cope in isolation. Colour starts to wear thin. This photograph lacks energy in black and white. It communicates a world where, trapped at home, we might loose a purpose, reason, or energy to get up and ‘see’ the colours still around them.

Mary-Ann Stevens

Final term on a Masters in Fine Art, Chelsea College School of Art, London (2020).

2 thoughts on “Think in colour

  • I think it’s romantic, and being b+w I can imagine them as my favourite coloured tulips!
    Sad too, but tulips always make me a bit sad because they are so beautiful that after a couple of days I start to think about how it will be when they are gone. It’s the same feeling as getting past the half way point in the summer holidays as a kid, a tiny bit of real mourning.

  • It’s a great idea and corroborates the fact that most people when photograph think in colour. If they did think in B&W this image would probably be completely different. Robert Mapplethorpe (http://www.mapplethorpe.org/portfolios/flowers/) took great photos of flowers in B&W, they are so amazing that you actually “see” colour!


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