This photo of the week is by Alastair McAskill. He rediscovered it recently in his archive. I really like the movement and the mood – it feels like it should be an oil painting.
And there’s a bonus this week. Alastair’s photo prompted me to revisit his flickr feed and I was reminded of these fab hooping photos with even more colour and movement. You can see more from this night and some of his other events here: flickr.com/photos/joystickjunky/albums.
Or if you’re into hooping, visit www.facebook.com/Hoop-and-Glory-127884547233636/timeline/ and look out for the very talented Tracey (in the red boots). She tells me today (saturday) is World Hoop Day 2015. That’s worked out rather well for me then.
Today I’ve chosen Phil Miller for my photo of the week. I really like the interesting atmospheres he creates with his collages. There are some more below. You can see more of his work on his website at philmillerphotography.com or on his instagram philmiller_photos.
I love this weather and this light. It never lasts – I only just caught it. The shiny roof was a little brighter a moment before. I could play in photoshop and see if I can enhance the mood – perhaps make it black and white – but that dirty bluey grey cloud is part of it’s beauty. It’s not hi-res enough to do anything with so I might just leave it and enjoy the moment.
Yes, you probably know what I’m talking about – there has been a big fuss online about a photo of a dress (http://www.wired.com/2015/02/science-one-agrees-color-dress/). The image in question is the one in the centre. Some people see a white and gold dress. Others, a black and blue one. I guess the reason this has been shared so many times is because the choices are so extreme and people are clearly in one camp or the other and can’t believe those that disagree. It’s not like we’re talking about one of those inbetween colours like an orangey red. I think it’s obviously white and gold but my partner insists it’s black and blue.
Colour has always been tricky which is probably why Pantone has been so successful. For those that don’t know, 50 years ago, a man called Lawrence Herbert, Pantone’s founder, created an innovative system for identifying, matching and communicating colour. They may be more commonly known for their ceramic mugs these days but don’t be fooled – it still is an important colour tool for designers across many industries.
While Pantone is a formula that ensures colours match, it doesn’t resolve how each of us sees colour. And we’ll never know. Isn’t that fascinating? Colour blindness and biology aside, there are so many variations in lighting conditions and now, monitor callibrations, we have even less control over what other people see. We can’t give up though. We’ll still spend hours choosing just the right shade of blue for that logo we’re working on. Well we wouldn’t want to live in a black and white world, would we.