The purpose of this book is to explore color and emotion, and how the two go together. I focused on the colors: pink/purple, red, and blue because they convey the most recognizable emotions. The color red is usually associated with anger, love, and attention. Pink is also love, friendship, harmony, and peace. And the color blue is usually sadness, but can also represent tranquility, trust, and intelligence. I mostly wanted to try something that I really haven't done before. I am mostly interested in landscape photography and I've taken some portraits before, but never really messed around with color and lights. I became interested in this idea when I saw an Instagram account by Brandon Woelfel. He does a lot of photography expirimenting with different kinds of lights. Seeing his photos really inspired me to purchase the lights and start expirimenting with my camera. When doing some research, I also found two other artists that inspired me; Slava Semenyuta and Lindsay Adler. Below is a link to a presentation explaining these artists work and how they inspired my book.
My project was brought to life with Monster brand mood lights that I purchased. I used a long strip of lights that stuck to my wall and also a bulb that screwed into a lamp. The lights came with a remote that let you change the color whenever you wanted. I used my Canon Rebel T5 camera to take my photos. Since the photos were taken in a dark room with the only source of light coming from the mood lights, I had my camera set on manual with a high ISO, and a low exposure so the colors were vibrant but you could also see my subject. In a few of my photos I used my bathroom mirror to accomplish the emotion I wanted to portray. I was mostly trying to have fun and get some unique photos that I was proud of, and felt portrayed the particular emotion. Before my last shoot I ordered a glass ball and light prism to experiment with. Brandon uses both of those objects in his photography and I figured I would give them a try. The outcome was really pleasing and I am very proud of how those photos turned out.
The thing I really like about art is that everyone can create whatever they want or whatever inspires them. Especially in photography, you can be as creative as you want. The camera allows you to capture a moment in time and be able to go back and look at it whenever you please. Like I stated in the beginning I really wanted to try something new and expand my photography skills while creating visually interesting photos that explored color and the emotions behind them.