So many have walked, are walking and will walk this earth. How indelible of a shadow are we going to leave behind? Is our life going to be forgotten or will there be anything in the universe that would have been positively impacted by our lives and how we lived them?
Color has such a tremendous effect on us earth dwellers , doesn’t it? We are surrounded by color and we are gifted with the ability to see it, register it, feel it and be influenced by it. We find ourselves drawn to certain colors, some colors give us inner peace, others charge us and energize us, some make us feel well and calm, others we may find agitating. Our sunsets are golden and they have a way of making us feel a certain stillness and a causing us to go inside of ourselves and into a contemplative state. But what if our sunsets were a different color? What if they were blue? Would our lives be any different?
Since very early childhood we find ourselves drawn to certain colors. We choose our clothes in those colors, we declare that color to be our favorite, we like to draw and write in shades of it and we realize from early on that color has a great influence in our lives. I remember growing up with a great sense of pride listening to the story of the first clothing dye having been brought to the world by the Phoenician grandfathers of my country. Tyrian purple (originating in Tyre, a harbor town in Lebanon) was a violet-purple dye derived from the shell of the Murex sea-snail, and was used to color garments of the Elite at that time in the whole region. And color is all around us inspiring us, influencing us, the charging red, the calming blue, the clarity inducing white, the appetizing orange…
As I have been drawn so much to sepia tones and black and white photography lately, I felt like posting a colorful shot today, the fresh juicy red pepper!
From the first few days of life, babies are drawn to certain colors. We live in a colorful world, amazing, bright, inspiring, glowing if you think about it. It would be so horrible had we been born in a gray world, or if we were not given the power of seeing color. But no, we can see color, we are influenced by color, we can create with color, we use it to define our nation flags, we create codes with it, we can choose which colors we keep close to us. There is the blue that calms us, the white that gives us clarity, the red that invigorates us, the yellow that plays on our emotions, the orange that tickles our taste buds, the purple that takes us outside of ourselves, … what a mystery! I love color, I love to watch its effects on life around me, I love to see what color is prominent each day, I love to play with it, to mix it, to enhance it, to mute it, to be with it and to marvel at what it can so softly do to my life.