Can you tell a photograph by the colours it depicts?
It’s a question posed by a group of students at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, N.B. They’re using Photoshop to do a series of photos to show off their work.
In the photos, students are using a variety of colours to create a palette of textures, ranging from black to white, blue to red and pink to blue-grey.
Each photo shows different colours.
(CBC News)”It’s a kind of artistic exercise in color recognition, and the goal is to bring a bit of whimsy to the subject matter,” said Jules Caudill, the director of photography at the university.
“In this case, we wanted to have a sort of ‘glam’ to the photos.”
A variety of colour palettesThe students took their photos from a range of different sources.
Some of the photos are still in the works.
(Courtesy of the New Brunswick University)The project is one of a number of projects the university is undertaking with students, designers and other artists to create “color palette art,” a type of digital work that can be used to create works of art, a study by the university says.
Art and photography are often seen as opposites.
However, the university’s study says colour palette photography is a form of art that can help communicate different emotions, such as love, fear and anger.
“This work is more subtle, more evocative, more personal,” Caudell said.
“It’s something that people can relate to, but it’s also something that they can relate too.”
A range of colours, different from the palette that students are currently using in their photos, is one way to represent the range of emotions in colour palaces, the study says.
The images are not entirely new to the university, but they were selected to illustrate the idea of colour.
“There are a lot of people that love photography and it’s a visual medium that has been used for quite some time,” said Catherine Wozniak, a member of the photography department.
“This is a good way to engage with the medium and it could be a really interesting thing for people who are interested in creating these kind of works of colour.”
Some of the students have used the photographs to create artwork.
(Submitted by Catherine Woshniak)Caudill says that’s exactly what she’s hoping the students do with their work in the future.
“We want them to see that they’re not just just an individual that is just interested in the aesthetics of colour but that they also have a sense of passion for the subject and the idea behind it,” he said.