How does color affect you?

Throughout history color has been a statement of something…. From the rarety of colored garments seen only in royalty because the rest of us could not afford the dye, to the modern day where color explodes everywhere… how does color affect you?

I have always been attracted to the hues of blue, the depths of greens, and the colors of nature.  Having loved my garden for many years, the many shades of green foliage, from young bursting seedlings to the mighty leaves of the mighty oaks… green has always spoken of life, of vibrance, vitality.

I found the following factoid interesting and thought you might as well:

Color Vision

Eye with color visionHumans, apes, most old world monkeys, ground squirrels, and many species of fish, birds, and insects have well-developed color vision. However, it’s worth noting that 7 or 8 percent of human males are relatively or completely deficient in color vision.

Humans with the most common form of color-blindness and mammals with poor color vision are unable to differentiate between reds and greens. They see the world as a blend of blues, yellows, and greys.

Mammals with limited color vision or none at all include mice, rats, rabbits, cats, and dogs. Nocturnal animals – such as foxes, owls, skunks, and raccoons – whose vision is specialized for dim light seldom have good color vision. By comparison, humans are color-blind in dim light.

Source: David Hubel’s Eye Brain and Vision

Oddly enough there is a whole school of thought about color, and a lot written about theory of color, how we handle color, and how it affects us.  It all starts with our ability to perceive it…

2 thoughts on “How does color affect you?”

  • I studied with a great color theorist in school (Julian Stanczak). One of his great lesson points is that color and for that matter all of what you see is in your head- the eye is simply a lens, but all color and all vision is assembled in the brain. The memories and associations we make with color are complex because we weave memory and emotion into them. This also explains why what we think looks good does not photograph at all well. We see through a lens of emotion and experience, but the camera is just an eye divorced of a brain- it is objectve.

    • What interesting insight. I am fascinated with how people react to color, especially my scarves…blue flies off the rack…aggressive oranges and reds have a unique response…often the kind of fierce personalities….so I have been grazing on anything I can regarding color theory. Fascinating art meets psychology….sash the social sciences.

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