This week we're highlighting a new color everyday, uncovering their meaning, fun facts, and more. It’s all part of our Week of Color to celebrate the launch of our newest color printers and the very colorful lives of our friends and fans.
The Color Red
Red, red, red! Whether it’s seen in a beautiful sunset, a fragrant rose, or a fast Ferrari driving down the street, red is a powerful part of the color spectrum of our everyday lives.
The color red has many symbolic meanings around the world, and because of that can be considered a color of many extremes. It symbolizes both passionate love and extreme hate, danger and adventure. In some cultures it’s considered good luck while in others it means death and violence. It is as energetic as it is primal.
Because of the many emotional associations, the color red is often used in photography to help convey a certain feeling or a subtle sense. Meanwhile it is also perfect for accenting a certain element of the frame as it is the second most visible color to the human eye (second only to Yellow).
Red throughout history.
Historically red has been one of the first colors to be expressed outside of black and White. Ancient cave paintings used red, and the color was easily accessible throughout the ages as a pigment through natural means. The Aztecs were some of the first to truly exploit the use of the cochineal bug in the use of dye for clothing and other means. This bug was later traded overseas and, like many bright pigments at the time, was a treat only for the clothes of the very wealthy. Red was seen as chic, flashy, and expensive.
Some of our favorite photos in red.
Need some color inspiration for your own photos? We’ve curated a list of our favorite images from photographers around the world that you can use to spark some creative color usage of your own. Feel free to download and print any of these images on your own Lifeprint Printer!
Photo by Joshua K. Jackson
Photo by Chan
Photo by Charles Deluvio