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My name is Helen and I am a Photographer living in England. I started this Blog on the day that my Grandma died, three months after my Father died and several weeks before a third funeral. Initially it was a very personal way to stay connected to the people I'd lost and it helped, it really did. But writing and taking pictures everyday has opened back up a creative side that I had lost during the everyday. A big thank you to my followers, to those who take the time to comment and to new visitors, I hope we will become Blog friends too...

Thursday, 7 July 2011

red is the colour

'Red Berry Red'

taken June 2011

Red berries make wonderful things to photograph, so vibrant and shiny, even with the frost on them they just sing colour. I read a story on someone elses Blog about a prisoner of war in a concentration camp who was given as a reward, a tomato to eat.
He didn't eat it straight away but kept it for a few days, just to look at. His life was so devoid of colour that it was such a joy for him to see the shiny red tomato.

The story has remained with me and reminds me to open my eyes and really see!

How lucky we are to have colour all around us. We have a lady who comes to the Art Gallery cafe who always wears purple because its her 'happy colour'. She has purple jewelry, purple handbags and even a purple fringe. Shes 75 and as fun to be around as she is to look at.

When we go away on holiday there is always colour, colourful people and I've put it down to them being more vibrant because of the sunshine but if you look at nationalities around the world, some are very colourful despite their environment. I'm thinking of my own clothes, the colour of my walls, my accessories, am I colourful enough, am I enjoying colour enough?

'Frosty Berries'

taken May 2008


  1. I so agree with you on this! There's a quote from photographer Ernst Haas that says 'Colour is life' and for me that's so true. I try to surround myself with colour as much as I can; the room I'm writing in has soft, mango-coloured walls with turquoise and deep blue accents and all my work folders are brightly coloured in oranges, blues, reds, purples and greens. Even my tissue box is brightly coloured!

    I used to work as a colour analyst and found that so many women are scared of wearing colour - blacks and beiges and greys feel much safer to them. It was always so rewarding when they saw just how amazing they could look if they wore their most flattering colours, and sometimes I'd see them around, later, looking happy and vibrant and cheering the whole place up with their wonderful colours. It seemed to give them more confidence, too, as they were getting lots of positive feedback from other people.

    This is why, much as I love looking at black and white photography, I know it will never really be my thing.

  2. how wonderful! I love 'jazzy files' we have just painted our living room wall lime green and a red wallpaper has gone up in the hall,a big change from our previous 'house doctor beige' :o)

  3. I love these berries! Thanks for joining us in the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge. I'm following you now via GFC and hope you'll be back again on Friday when we move on to our new theme, purple! Have a great day.