With the freedom given to those of us who contribute to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenges, it came as a welcome surprise that Tina selected “You Pick It” as the topic for this week. As I thumbed through photos of trips far and near, I found that the color white popped up frequently in everything from flowers to cathedrals to people in white clothing. This week alone, in shopping for holiday gift-giving, I’ve noticed a resurgence of white in Christmas decorations. Perhaps we’re drawn to the purity, the absence of color, or just the dynamic of white as a color itself.
And so it is, that I’m sharing the presence of white this week beginning with the photo above of a barely open white magnolia blossom.
White… is not a mere absence of colour; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black.G. K. Chesterton
I call white the most powerful non-color; it’s clean, optimistic, powerful.Jason Wu
I never met a color I didn’t like.Dale Chihuly
Life is about using the whole box of colors.RuPaul
If winter comes, can spring be far behind?Percy Bysshe Shelley
Even though whites can be difficult to photograph because they can turn slightly gray or yellow, I’m still drawn to the purity of the color white and the way white objects catch the light. The presence of white excites me, making me more aware of other colors right there in front of me.
Thanks for checking out my entry in this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #125: You Pick It. For more takes on this theme, go to Tina’s blog, Travels and Trifles, to learn about Wabi-Sabi through her examples and commentary. If you want to contribute to the challenge, link your post to hers and add the tag Lens-Artists.
May you find the beauty of white wherever you are.