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Seeing Red

According to the website Sensational Color, red has more personal associations that any other color.

Recognized as a stimulant, red is inherently exciting and the amount of red is directly related to the level of energy perceived. Red draws attention and a keen use of red as an accent can immediately focus attention on a particular element.

How the color red affects us physically

  • Increases enthusiasm
  • Stimulates energy
  • Encourages action and confidence
  • Provides a sense of protection from fears and anxiety

When my multimedia journalism class assigned a photography project called Seeing Red, I was nervous to venture around the city looking for interesting red elements. Initially, I thought it would take half of my day searching for striking red elements. However, I was completely wrong. If anything, I couldn’t stop finding red images to photograph. It was almost addicting. I discovered red objects in places I go everyday, but have never taken the time to notice. Here’s what I found.

The former Tin Can Tavern and Grill restaurant in Columbia, Mo.

Chairs at the J Cafe in the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri

Doors from the United Methodist Church in Columbia, Mo

Check out National Geographic’s red photos– Life in Color: Red



1 Comment

  1. Mimi Perreault

    Nice blog Michelle. Your reflections on Red are interesting. I especially enjoyed the National Geographic photos. Good tags, links and examples.

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