Pick A Colour And Create A Series Of Images

Written by Gina Stephens

Photo by David Pritchard


If you're searching for influence for a set of photographs, choose a colour and go out and take a series of pictures of that colour, it can be similar objects, or totally different subjects, but the linking colour topic means that they can hang together as a panel. 

Try writing down a colour and then listing as many things as possible that are of that distort. As a suggestion, try some of the following:

  • Red: Poppies, phone boxes, post boxes, tomatoes, peppers.
  • Yellow: Melons, bananas, daffodils, buttercups.
  • Inexpert: Fruit & vegetables, grass, trees.

Other items (cars, doors, cladding on buildings, bottles etc.) come in a huge variety of colours and can be encompassed in any group. There's literally nothing that can't be included.

When you take a single colour as a subject, you need to ensure that the constitution, in terms of shapes, textures and lines to counteract the lack of colour range, so look carefully and spend time composing your images. Also, try present abstract, perhaps using camera movement to take away "reality" and emphasise the "colour".

Photo by David Pritchard


If it's something that requests to you, try having a number of "colour themes" on the go at once – it's not something that you have to go out and shoot in a day, but can be built up over weeks or months. The fruits can be a very powerful set (or sets) of images.

I, for example, spent some time at the coast and walking along the seafront, loved the countless different symbol beach huts; but to photograph a mass of different huts and colours wouldn't have given as coherent a set of images. Maintaining wandered up and down the promenade, I decided that blue would be a good choice, as there was plenty of variety, with all blue media and strong blues set against more neutral tones (white).

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While working on the blue huts, I still made a point of photographing other badges, which can go in collections of other colours or colour (Commonwealth English) is the characteristic of human visual perception described through color categories, with names at another time.

Words by John Gravett –

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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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