Recently, the weather here has been really bipolar. It starts out to be extremely hot and you can’t help but sweat in the morning. As the day transitions on, the sky gets grayer and by late afternoon, the sky is in a storm. But, once the storm ends, seven rays of colours appear in the sky in the form of a rainbow. For a while, I almost forgot about rainbows but I’m glad I’ve been reminded.
I think most of us here don’t really take into account the importance of colours, or the effect that colours have, just because they have always been a present factor in most of our lives.
But, what exactly are they? Technically, they aren’t something physical that you can touch. They are merely rays of light dancing on different spectrums, but I like to tell myself that they’re just magic. I’ll start by stating the obvious – the world would be much more bland if it were in black and white.
Colours are such a flexible element – they are beautiful when paired with each other no matter in what form. When you pair a colour with another that is in harmony with it, it goes. Yet, when you pair it with a colour that completely contrasts it, somehow it still goes. There are times when the colours don’t look aesthetically pleasing side by side. Thankfully, colour theory is extremely wide. Adjustments can be made to a variety of things such as the hue, the tone, and the saturation. Even the littlest adjustments to those aspects can change up a whole colour completely.
They bring about feeling and meaning. So much so that we’ve even adopted it as a figure of speech. We are constantly asked to add “colour” into our creations to give it more of a boost. Add “colour” into our writing, into our music.
Colours are embedded into us so much that we’ve even associated them with expressions. We associate anger with red, sadness with blue and disgust with green. Not only that, they can make us feel sensations as well. Colours have the ability to make us feel warm and cold, and that’s why creators take colours into such serious account. They can manipulate colours to make the audience experience what they want them to experience.
However, with beauty comes dread. Colours can be nasty. They bring about issues of racism, people are discriminated and subjected to societal standards due to the colour of their skin. They can bring about segregation and conflict. Back in the olden days, the colour purple used to be so expensive and rare that only members of the monarch were allowed to wear it. People couldn’t even afford it. Colours bring about sicknesses too. In this day and age, quite a number of people are allergic to colour dye. Perhaps it goes to show that you can’t have a rainbow without rain.
Isn’t it interesting to think that we might not even be seeing the same things? What if the pink that I see is not the pink that you see? What about people who are colour blind? Are the colours that they can sense completely different to ours? What colours do animals see? Are there colours that exist, but have never been discovered? There are endless possibilities that we might never be able to prove.
Honestly, I had no clear goal while writing this and it might not even make sense. I just hope I managed to tickle your brain a little bit. Take a deep breath and look around you – take in all the expanse of colours that exist for us to use, the creamy white wall of your room and the yellow dish washing liquid by the sink. The deep grey of the tar road and the contrasting blue of the sky. What would life be without it?