Thursday, 26 May 2016

The Colour Collaborative: May: Photograph

When we first agreed on this month's theme, I did a little secret cheer inside. Another excuse to raid the archives! I love looking back through my photographs and choosing some of my favourites.

But then I thought, do I choose just the one (impossible) that embodies the whole concept of capturing colour in photography? No. I considered why I choose to photograph certain places and subjects in terms of their colour. And I came up with lots of reasons.

There are many 'pet subjects' which I like to capture whenever I get the chance: carousels, boats, vintage cars. But closer to home, on my walks and around the house, colour speaks to me in different ways and there are several aspects of colour, even particular colours themselves, which inspire me. So without further ado: a photo heavy post with few words. Just the way I like it.

Oh, and you may already have seen one or two of these perennial favourites already.

Colours: Orange
I can never resist. Yet strangely enough it's a colour I don't wear. At all.

Subject: Roses
Particularly pink ones. Even better, those with a bluish or lilac tint.

Colour: Verdigris
That blue-green. I have a real Thing for it and am attracted to even the tiniest flash.

Subject: A splash of colour in unexpected places
I'm a lover of murk. Drizzle, damp, moody light. Sometimes you'll catch a glimpse of brightness and it begs to be photographed.

Colour: Yellow
Mustard or sulphur, I adore yellow.

Subject: Dark skies, bright foreground
Up here in the Pennines we get our fair share of ominous, battleship-grey skies. They provide an incredible foil for whatever stands between you and the clouds.

Colour: Blue
Kingfisher, cobalt, sapphire. The identification spray on the fleece of a sheep, the unexpected blue eye of a skewbald horse.

Subject: Colour in decay
There's something about the colours of flowers as they wither and become fragile; some seem to concentrate all that pigment so it becomes even more vivid, whilst others (hydrangeas being a favourite) fade and take on a sepia-like quality.

So there you have it: a lot of pictures which I hope illustrate my relationship with colour when I'm taking photographs. No one particular image which, to me at least, is colour perfection. But I'm looking forward to seeing how my fellow Collaborators have chosen to interpret the theme...

Don't forget to visit the other Colour Collaborative blogs for more of this month's posts, just click on the links below.

What is The Colour Collaborative?

All creative bloggers make stuff, gather stuff, shape stuff, and share stuff. Mostly they work on their own, but what happens when a group of them work together? Is a creative collaboration greater than the sum of its parts? We think so and we hope you will too. We'll each be offering our own monthly take on a colour related theme, and hoping that in combination our ideas will encourage us, and perhaps you, to think about colour in new ways.


  1. It would be nice to have a collection of your photos in a book on the coffee table! Thanks for sharing your talent. xx

    1. Thank you Christina! That's a real compliment, it made my morning! x

  2. I love the small dashes of colour that you've captured, the way you have to look for it and it surprises you when you register it.

  3. Gorgeous photographs Sarah, you have such an amazing eye for exactly capturing the essence of something, you really are very talented. I love those poppy seed heads and that fantastic blue-green colour, it always speaks to me too. And I like how you've expressed the colour of dying flowers as well, the drying of the pigment, some of it concentrating, some of it fading. Love how you see the beauty of it. A wonderful post. CJ xx

  4. Print them and sell them as a boxed set of cards. Great pictures.

  5. Your photos are beautiful and so interesting, Sarah. I really like your take on this topic. You're very good at capturing small details and I like the way color works in your photos, it's the focus and not the focus, all at the same time, if that makes sense.

  6. Love love love all of it. Particularly the "murk". I am a lover of that as well.
    Beautiful photos! You have a wonderful eye.

  7. Gorgeous photos, especially the yellow flowers against the grey sky. Love the muted colour of the faded hydrangea too - beautiful!

  8. Stunning set of photos, I too love them all..
    Amanda xx

  9. Sarah, I've enjoyed repeatedly scrolling through your photos in this post, thinking about what you typed about color in relation to your photography and this month's collaborative theme, and reading other's comments above. I admire your choice of subjects and how color enhances them. Thanks for posting! xx

  10. Wonderful photographs Sarah. Stunning!

  11. You have a wonderful eye for detail and colour, Sarah. I always enjoy seeing your photos here or on Instagram. They have a definite 'feel' and tone, and the way you crop them is interesting. I love the poppy seedheads and the coloured lights in the station(?). Sam x

  12. your photos are truly beautiful Sarah, you always capture something I would have missed x

  13. Lovely pictures as always, the contrast between weathered and worn contexts with splashes of colour is smashing. You have an excellent eye and as CJ said you capture the essence of your subjects so well, the photos really do feel like moments frozen in time. Hope you are having a happy bank holiday weekend. Elaine x

  14. Never be too busy to stop and smell the roses!


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