Colour is one of the most powerful tools at a photographer’s disposal. Along with shape, texture, space, line and form, it is one of the six classic elements of design. It is an important compositional ingredient and it is often used by photographers to set the mood of an image.
Visual story-telling is made so much more effective through the use of colour, which can make a photograph feel more vibrant, exciting, mysterious, scary, serious or even sad. Colour is a great way to communicate emotion in our images. Cool colours on the blue-green end of the colour spectrum often provoke feelings of calm, peace and tranquillity, whilst warmer colours such as reds, oranges and yellows can make us feel happy, optimistic or excited.
This exhibition brings together a full spectrum of colour images from all aspects of our lives. Some images emphasise a single dominant tone, others rely on a vivid, polychromatic style. Some of the photographers have experimented with light to enhance the colour qualities of their images. Many of the images have taken culture as a point of reference featuring iconic landmarks and buildings, or events, some feature elaborate costumes and clothing and others explore the colours to be found in landscapes and nature.
The 21 talented photographers featured in this exhibition have successfully used colour to capture our attention and generate an emotional response, making their visual story one that sticks with us.
Eleanor Bennett, Alexandra-Flaminia Boc, Paul Chapman, Somnath Chatterjee, Arindam Chowdbury, Samina Farooq, Stephen Isgar, Miguel Lozano Bonora, Richard Mills, Dale Mitchell, Roger Newark, Martin Parratt, Sarit Saliman, Alexey Samoylenko, Ewa Skibinska, Anna Tea, Michael Waddell, James Winslett, Kris Wood, Faramarz Zareian & Dovile Zubyte.