Colours in my existing work

by Suzy Walker-Toye

Its April and its snowing in London. I’m doing this chapter at the wrong time of the year really, its depressing and uninspiring and making me question whether I should even be doing a degree course at all. London around the areas I spend much of my time is a very grey place unless the sun & blue sky make an appearance, even then its pretty grey. I’m finding its very uninspiring for taking “found” (ie not set up) colourful photos. Since my assignment is probably doomed to failure I thought I’d cheer myself up by proving to myself (and you) that I could demonstrate good use of colour in photography of found scenes…

Complementary Colours  are colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel.
eg: Yellow & Violet, Blue & Orange and Red & Green

Similar colours are colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel.
eg: Yellow & Orange, Red & Orange, Blue & Green and Blue & Violet

Contrasting colours are colours that are in-between the complimentary colours and the similar colours on the colour wheel. These are probably the colour combinations I’m most attracted too.
eg: Blue & Red, Orange & Violet, Yellow & Red, Green & Orange, Violet & Green and Blue & Yellow

Use of colour as an accent…

And for my tutor who thinks I shouldn’t do underwater work at this stage of the course (another depressing thought considering there are three whole chapters and two more modules left at this level, yawn) here are some colourful topside photos…

9 Comments to “Colours in my existing work”

  1. Hey Suzy, You got color 😉
    As a diver I love the underwater shots the most but as a photographer I just love them all 🙂
    Cheers, Poul

  2. Suzy, I can understand your questioning of the OCA process but I reckon you are missing something … colour does not have to be saturated … in fact, the technicolor bit can be unaesthetic … I think you need to reconsider some of your ideas about colour … muted colour for instance can work well … if not, what about a fruit and vegetable market? … I found looking at books about colour helpful … for instance, Albers has done one along with many other artists! Cheers Amano

  3. Wow your photos are beautiful. I especially love the ibex and the desert landscape. I’m looking forward to following your blog. Good luck with the course.

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