Colour: Color and Emotion

Topics: Color, Emotion, Photography, Primary color / Pages: 9 (2225 words) / Published: Apr 15th, 2013
Does Selective colour in a photographic image influence the perception of the viewing audience in the sense of manipulating the emotions seen in the imagery observed? With that said, do photographs loose that exact emotion when seen in black and white?
Color is defined as “the quality of an object or substance with respect to light reflected by the object, usually determined visually by measurement of hue, saturation, and brightness of the reflected light; saturation or chroma; hue” (quoted from 15/04/2013)

In this essay I will display my research and results of various surveys undertaken, this essay is not only a photographical study, but is also strung together by various psychological concepts and thoughts throughout. Whilst demonstrating the power of colour in photographic imagery, through not only a plethora of opinions, but images and words by some photographic practitioners. The essay in hand will include opinions sourced from my own surveys as well as from various audiences whilst also running off interviews and answered questions by various respected photographers & artists.
Before answering the question in its entirety there is sense in breaking it down into small building blocks, which are integral to establishing the question;
Does Selective colour in a photographic image influence the viewing audience in the sense of manipulating seen emotions in the imagery viewed?
To answer this question, in preparation to maintain a steady flow of research I conducted a survey. This survey was shown to an array of different aged and different background of viewers, the survey was one particular image, with the question "What emotion do you see in the face of the girl?". This image had different colours casted over it for different people, there was 4 different colours, shown to 20 unique people. (Image shown below) -Image taken by Guy Aroch, (sourced from 30.03.2013)
The survey was conducted to

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