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Color as a social statement - Carrie Mae Weems

Continuing on with the discussion on "Color and emotion" , I can't think of a better example of how color, subject and message integrate seamlessly than with the works of Carrie Mae Weems . Carrie Mae Weems is an contemporary American artist who works in a variety of mediums but is best known for her photography work. Her work centers around the socio-political world of African-Americans and how society perceives them, though lately it has evolved to encompass more of the human condition  than race. One particular set of works that caught my attention were a series of portraits collectively called Colored People (1989-1990). In this series of portraits Mrs. Weems plays on the labels associated with a class of people in a straightforward, unabashed and reflective manner.

Color and emotion

Prism at work Color is determined by the light reflecting off an object. It is a physical process with a constant set of values resulting in a predictable conclusion. It is basic physics. Sir Isaac Newton established many of the basic principles of light through his experimentations with prisms. Simple as it seems today, this toy  was instrumental in laying the foundation for particle based physics. Scientifically that's all well and good but, as an artist, I could care less about particle physics. What I am most interested in is the psychology of color. Psychologically, color has more properties attached to them than mere luminance values, RGB values or even their common names. Sure, you might understand what the numbers 255,0,0 represent or that the term red  is the common name for those numbers. Let's face it, we don't go around looking to photograph  255,0,0  or 87,53,64  or  15,8,164  or any other assortment of digital combinations between 0,0,0  and 255,255,

5 simple tripod tips for better photos

A tripod is an essential tool for any photographer. It's purpose is to steady your camera in order to avoid movement that occurs when hand holding. That's it, that's all they do. Tripods allow you to position a camera in a set place for longer exposures or multiple exposures. It allows you to position the camera in awkward positions that would otherwise be uncomfortable for a photographer. It also allows you to step away from the camera for remote shooting. While in principle it all sounds relatively simple, there are a few tricks to keep in mind when working with a tripod. Here are five of the more important ones;