Capture the Colour
This is right up my alley as I just cannot live without colour. It lifts my spirits, feeds my soul, strengthens me when I am feeling ‘off’ and brightens my days like nothing else can.
Colour has always been an essential and very important part of my life, right back to my early childhood days in East Africa being home-schooled by my mother. I can still recall drawing ants, leaves and flowers for my Botany classes – using the brightest coloured crayons I could find.
Today instead, I use my camera to capture colour in all its glorious guises. Being peripatetic by nature I have travelled extensively, and it never ceases to amaze me how light, ‘colours’ colour.
I find that in the UK, light softens colours; in Australia colours are heightened; in the USA colours are somehow cleaner and in Greece – oh the light in Greece does something to colours that defies description! For me, Greek light is like a drug! It’s so pure and almost spiritual in the way it defines lines; intensifies shapes; heightens clarity and fortifies colours beyond the palette! Light and colour go hand-in-hand, and for me this is best seen in Greece.
“That Greek blue” – Iconic!
There’s something about that Greek blue which is different to any other blue in the world. Mention ‘blue’ and Greece in the same sentence and you think of that glimmering, exotic colour which outshines the sky, the blue shadows on whitewashed houses, and the Aegean Sea. It’s possibly the most photographed colour in the world, and yet it never ceases to amaze, astound and mesmerise, especially in Oia, Santorini.
Now this is indeed a handsome coat of few colours!
How else could I describe this scene as I turned the corner along a narrow cobblestone path in Oia, Santorini? It had been a long, hot, sun-bleached day and now at dusk, the colours had softened and relaxed. The scene was surreal – a blurred line between art and reality.
Wondering around the Flea Market in Athens I could smell these strawberries for a good ten minutes before I actually found the vendor and his cart at the entrance to the Monistiraki Metro Station. The morning sun had warmed them to perfection and for once, they tasted as good as they looked and, as good as they smelt!
- Jeanne at Collage of Life
- Virginia at Paris Through My Lens
- Belinda at The Voice Behind my Door
- Vanessa at Far Northern Exposure
- LaLa at My Castle in Spain
I'm so flattered to be invited to join. I hoped you would feature some of your fabulous Greek photographs and you certainly have. I can't imagine finding anything in my cache to even hold a candle but I will certainly look.
Thank you V – I am so pleased you like my choices – I must say that place sings to me! I am sure you will have no problems finding some amazing photos. Have fun and looking forward to your entry. F x
Francesca…just love your photos…your passion for Greece sings in these photos. I look forward to digging into my photos for this competition, thank you for thinking of me!
Thank you and have fun. Can't wait to see your post. Fx
Well I just love them all but especially the green as I had so much trouble finding something. It's so fantastic to see all the amazing images coming through this competition! x
I like your yellow 🙂
My entry is here
Wish you all the very best!
Loved the fisher-boat much.
Please have a wonderful weekend.
Mine will go up on the 15th. We have to celebrate 14 juillet tomorrow~ 🙂
Your photographs are so full of happiness. You clearly love colour and it reflects in your creative work. I found you thought Jeanne, Collage of Life and followed you over.
As your new follower I look forward to knowing your work and to your visit and comments
Francesca, Oia is one of the most stunning places I have ever been and I just could not stop "clicking." There must be hundreds of shots of the sunset sinking into the caldera, but how could I delete even one? My trip to Crete was too brief and there were many treasures not discovered.
Your photos are stunning and of course "white" and "blue" would be on Santorini. I look forward to seeing more of your collection of Greece.
Fran, I never know quiet what I'll find but I just LOVE every minute of the journey you take me on with your photography and word smithing. Your entry in this competition is fabulous…. xo
Fran they are beautiful. Wonderful choices and the photos are so lovely
Magnificent white ! I so want to discover Oia….Francesca thank you so much for inviting me to join….i'll definitely try to participate…yes !!
All your photographs are just fantastic, Francesca – from light-filled Greece to autumn leaves to Bali sunsets. It's always a feast for the eyes coming here.
Francesca, I LOVE your photos 🙂 They are so beautiful, my favourites are the blue, white and red (I'm a big strawberry fan). Best wishes from windy, grey England 😉
Stunning photography Francesca! Good luck! My favourite is the Blue one! Makes me wish I was right there 🙂
Hi Vi – thank you and good luck to you too. Love you selection. F
Thank you Lisa for the nomination – I had so much fun with this. good luck Ciao Bella F xx
Thank you Genie – Crete is a must – but you need time and a car – so much to see on this little island. Have a lovely day Fx
Hello Helen and so good to meet you – thank you for your comments and for coming along. Looking forward to checking out your blog. Fx
Can't wait to see you entry – F xx
Than you Robert – I cannot pass a boat without taking a photo of it! F
Thank you Rama F x
Thank you Jann – talk soon. F x
Thank you Deb – have a wonderful week. Fx
Karen thank you so much for your wonderful comments. I love that you enjoy visiting me a much as I enjoy visiting you. F x
Wonderful LaLa – good luck – it is good fun. F xx
Thank you Cathy – and greetings from a warm, sunny winter's day in Sydney. Fx
Thank you Johanna – me too – how I wish I could be there now! Fx
Great colors. I like vivid pictures. I like seeing life in the same hues 🙂
Thank you xx