Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Colorful world in photography: Violet/purple.

A Purple Cow
By Mr. Gelett Burgess

I never saw a Purple Cow,
I never hope to see one;
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I'd rather see than be one.

The following words are synonymous with violet/purple and represent various shades of the color violet/purple: lavender, plum, lilac, puce, orchid, mauve, magenta, royal, amethyst, wine, eggplant.

We can associate the color violet/purple in nature with fruits such as plums, grapes, vegetables such as eggplants, beets, purple cabbage and flowers such as lavender, iris, violets and orchids.

The color violet/purple arouses associations with abstract concepts with positive meaning (wisdom, creativity, inspiration, spirituality, magic, imagination, courage, generosity) and with negative meaning (death, cruelty, instability).

There are many set expressions with the word “violet/purple”: “purple with rage” (with a dark red face caused by anger), “purple prose/passage” (writing that uses difficult or unusual words - used in order to show disapproval), “purple patch” (a time when a person is very successful), “born to the purple” (born in a royal or aristocratic family).

In Ancient Rome the Emperors Julius and Augustus Caesar were the only ones allowed to wear purple Imperial robes. Violet was the royal color during Cleopatra's reign. Napoleon’s followers used violet to identify their comradeship.

Let me remind you what Leonardo da Vinci wrote about the violet color. He considered that the violet light shining through a stained glass window can increase the power of meditation and prayer.
Violet can help to develop imagination and creativity, because it’s individual and original, it “hates” to copy anyone else and “likes” to do its own thing.

Surround yourself with violet color to develop your imagination.

 All questions, requests, ideas and feedback are very welcome.