The UK calls it “Colour” whilst Americans call it “Color” but regardless of its spelling, the meaning of the word holds just as much passion and power within. Color is the most dominating feature around the globe, and without it, many significant emotions, signals and atmospheres would be lost.
Each autumn trees display their leaves in a breathtaking palette, days later the Colour is gone. The same happens in the deep blue of an October sky or the warm orange of a winter fire, it is an impossible Colour to hold. Perhaps the ephemeral behaviour of natures Colour is what motivated humans to search out ways to posses it, enabling us to modify our lives into a more colourful one. They watched their fires blacken cave ceilings, painted walls with red and yellow ochre whilst conducting vast experiments with insects, flowers, roots, shells and bark.
Animals became mimicked by painting ourselves with the same colours to signal aggression, courtship displays and for camouflage, whilst pigments of purple, saffron and ultramarine were at times, worth their weight in gold.
It wasn’t long until the passion of colour spread to the ancient cities, were theybecame painted with a purple dye from molluscs. And then the explosion started. Colour televisions, fireworks, costumes, colour photography, colours in cosmetics and now computers have even taken up the quest, imitating nature’s palette in thousands of colours, to use ready at hand whenever desired. The explosion has erupted past belief and sparkles our whole world to life. It’s vibrant, addictive, meaningful, alive and bright and touches every soul one way or another.
Here are 40 beautiful examples of how colour explodes through the face of the globe.
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Colour is tremendously in demand and when pumped into almost every entire product, space, and place, the damages from exploiting the origins of colour can go unnoticed. Numerous minerals including blackish manganese dioxide, yellow and red ochre, blue chrysocolla (a copper compound mined in Arizona) and products of nature including salfflower, paraffin, mango leaves, blood from insects, marigold petals are just a few examples of the natural products that are being ripped from ecosystems and harvested to produce colour. Luckily, clothing and product manufactures are beginning to work more environmentally friendly, aiming to use the most sustainable sources for colour, in order to prevent natural colour compounds from fading out of earth completely. A few sources of these stores can be found here.
Even artificially and chemically produced colours for paints, textile dyes, plastics, food colouring and cosmetics can flood waters and the atmosphere with various dangerous chemicals, that each gradually spoil and hold negative effects on natural cycles that ecosystems depend deeply on.
So next time you look out at a rainbow, or see the green running through the blades of grass or even just the yellow buzz dance of a sunflower petal, remember that without our natural environment, landscapes and photographs would not be flooded with colour and beauty. We must protect natural components that provide colour, because a world based on artificial colours of fake shiny plastics will certainly fill the world with a feeling of ‘fake’ and disconnection, rather than the utter sensation of ‘life’ we can touch and feel from our natural wonders.