The blues are not sad
September 18, 2016 • Leave a Comment
Blue has always been my favorite color. There is of course no reason - could you say why your favorite color is green or red or blue or yellow? Although I suspect that yellow is not a popular favorite color, but who knows? Anyway, I love blue and I don't understand the association of blue with sadness. For me, it is anything but sad. And it is a color that I find easy to work with, photographically. Greens tend to be easy too, though less so than blues. Reds are a nightmare, at least for me. Funny, other photographers whom I know tend not to like blue, and get on my case about too-blue skies or waters. But that is how I see it !
A gallery showcasing blue in all of its wonderful variations seemed to be in order. There is no real unifying idea in this gallery, except for blue. You could call it blue hour, that is fine with me. Most of the photos, except those from Iceland, do fall into the generally accepted definition of photographic blue hour. But that is about it. Most are evenings, one is dawn. Some are deserts, others are coastlines. The images were made in North America, Hawaii, Iceland, New Zealand and Mediterranean Europe. Some of them are technically better than others, some are frankly deficient from a technical point of view. But I like them all. They are blue. And they reflect reality fairly accurately. At least, the reality in my mind as I was making the images. I hope you enjoy the blueness as much as I do!
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Photos, commentary and opinions by Alberto Patiño Douce