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col our emo tion


Photographs by Kate Franklin Illustrations by Charlie Lewis Hair and make up by Sarah Elizabeth Howard Model is Clare-Alana Ford


Foreword The concept of this book was inspired by the author and colour expert John Gage. Gage’s work has been published in multiple formats but it is more specifically his work that is focused on colour and meaning that provided a foundation for the psychology behind this book. John Gage has recognised the changes in perception of colour over the past centuries and the primary role that literature and art have played in this. Through Gage’s work he explores psychologists and scientists theories, giving an understanding to the readers about the role of colour throughout history and also in modern day culture. One theory he considers is by Anna Wierzbicka, a Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Warsaw University. Wierzbicka proposed that: “yellow is thought of as ‘warm’ because it is associated with the sun, whereas red is thought of as ‘warm’ because it is associated with fire. It seems plausible, therefore, that although people do not necessarily think of the colour of fire as red, nonetheless they do associate the red colour with fire. Similarly, they do not necessarily think of the colour of the sun as yellow, yet they do think of yellow on some level of consciousness or subconsciousness, as of a ‘sunny colour’...” Every

day

we

are

exposed

to

experiences,

language

and

3


stereotypical

ideas

relating

to

colour

and

emotion.

Wierzbecka

made me begin to contemplate how society looks at colour as well as the strong union it has in our daily life choices and personalities. It is as a result of mythology, old wives tales and literature that society has learnt to create strong associations between particular emotions and environments to specific colours. In spite of these associations, recent research highlighted that as society has evolved, so have the associations between emotion and colour. This book has been put together in a way that demonstrates six colours and twelve corresponding emotions. Each colour is represented by two emotions - the cliche and a more contemporary affiliation. As you make your way through the book, you will see that for each of the stories the same girl has been photographed. This has been done deliberately to give the impression that as you begin your journey through the book you are exploring emotions that each one of us experiences. The twelve emotions that have been captured are; sadness and chic for black, isolation and serenity for grey, anger and love for red, jealousy and naturalist for green, mystery and luxury for purple, and happiness and hazard for yellow. Each alternate emotion has been placed at a one hundred and eighty degree angle to create a clear break as you go from one emotion to another. This book consists of photographic stories, illustrations and quotations that are unified by the link of colour. They contribute to the portrayal of a journey through emotions that one person will most likely experience in their lifetime.

Gage,

J.,

2000.

Colour

and

Meaning:

Art,

Science

and

Symbolism.

London:

Thames

&

Hudson


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“A feeling of sadness and longing that is not akin to pain, and resembles sorrow only as the mist resembles the rain.� Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


SAD NESS 7


CH I C 14


“A girl should be two things, classy and fabulous.” Coco Chanel


“I have no one near me.....” Frankenstein by Mary Shelley


ISO L AT ION 23


S E R E N I T Y 30


“I cherish a dream Travel beyond what I imagine I know it could be real An escape into the serene� Etherial Winds, Into the Serene


�Lat, rege

Ira furor brevis est: qui nisi paret

animum imperat."

Quintus Horatius Flaccus �Anger is momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you."


AN GER 39


L O V E 46


“Quand il me prend dans les bras, Il me parle

tout

bas,

Je

vois

la

vie

en

rose”

Edith Piaf “When he takes me in his arms, and speaks to me softly, I see the world through rose-colored glasses”


“O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-ey'd monster, which doth mock The meat it feeds on.” Othello Act 3, scene 3, 165–171


JEA LOU S Y 55


N A TUR A L IST 62


“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.� Kahlil Gibran


“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.� Albert Einstein


MYS TER IOUS 71


LUX URI OUS 78


“It is impossible to overdo luxury” French Proverb


“Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad.� Norm Papernick


HAP PIN ESS 87


HAZ ARD OUS 94


"The danger sensation is exciting. The challenge is to find new dangers." Ayrton Senna


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