Envision a black out?
Everything goes blank for a second. The brown coffee you started your day with to the sky blue sheets your dreams kick off with , now feels imprudently empty.
It’s a void.
Colors, they fill the gaps in our knowledge. Color is a powerful tool that enhances the human mind in all the decision making evolution.
Color and culture have always gone hand in hand.
Also, color and culture matters. They add the essence to our lives.
Let’s contemplate the divergence of colors around us in our environment and how the society has perceived the evolution of different cultures and civilizations with color at par. Ever wondered the beauty of colors portrayed by the kingdom of animals? The multifariousness and the homogeneity of colors is spine-tingling!
The mystery of poisonous animals is still fascinating . The question also buzzed on why poisonous animals are oftentimes brightly colored? For instance poison dart frogs are brightly colored to warn the predators that they are treacherous and poisonous to eat.
This Is known as the Aposematic coloration phenomenon. The aposematic colors usually include red, orange or yellow. Ever wondered how animals see color? The color vision of different animals vary with the species. Some have gleaming vision while the others have a scanty vision. As a matter of fact, the bees and the birds are privileged with the most premium vision.
Did you know about any animal that doesn’t really need eyes to see? Yes, that’s a pit viper. It sees by feeling the heat in an object.
Can you recall the last time you were really sick? Did you check your forehead to see if you were running a temperature. That kind of ‘fever-heat’ is what gives a pit viper a different kind of vision. This phenomenon is known as the thermal vision.
“Colors are the most beautiful smiles of nature.”
Now rallying towards the cultural relativity of color,
You wouldn’t believe this , but in a Candoshi village which is situated in heart of Peru, a tribe of some 3,000 people who live on the upper banks of the Amazon River don’t have a word for the concept of colors. They would call the amber or yellow orange to look more like ginger or fish spawn.
Now propelling towards a bit of color in art, the history of color is one of the most paramount things to be explored. The history of color has been one of the most perpetual discovery, whether through exploration or scientific advancement . Red Ochre is one of the oldest pigments still in use, which was first employed in pre-historic cave paintings. The Indian yellow- a fluorescent paint was derived from the urine of mango fed cows. Green pigments have been some of the most poisonous in known history.
The darkest pigment of the Old Masters “bone black” was produced by burning animal bones in an air free chamber. The art culture and civilization was shaped greatly by the color evolution.
So, how certainly does color shape our lives?
Humans make all sorts of color choices, every minute. Why were pink caps always meant for the girls and blue for boys? Why do we paint our bedrooms sea foam green and lemon meringue yellow for serenity? Why does red always mean “stop” and green means “go”?This just goes to show how profoundly colors can be lodged in our minds .
Our world is awash in colors, and our choices always greatly depend on colors. Speaking of this, even the human bodies were designed antagonistically to see colors. Men and women see the world differently. It is been determined that there is a gene that allows us to see the red color, and that gene comes in a high number of variations. She sees crimson , burgundy and tomato red while he sees just ‘red’. This is because the gene sites on the X- chromosome and woman have two X-chromosomes, so the gene aids women’s ability to espy the red-orange color spectrum. Also in general women are better at differentiating the close range of colors.
Ever wondered why prisons and mental health care institutions paint their walls pink? Any anger management issues on way? TRY PINK!
Yes the same reason.
Pink is to be known as the palliative color and it apparently suppresses anger and anxiety due to its calming effect on our brain.
Ever wondered why fast food giants like Mc’Donalds , KFC , Burger King, etc wear a similar color scheme. That’s because Yellow + Red = Hunger! Researchers have revealed that red and yellow are the most appetizing colors.
There are plenty other ways in which color shapes up the living of the society and every time leaves us aback in such amusement.
Last but not the least, the most fascinating of all that we’ve ever knows is that- Colors don’t really exist! They’re all in your head.
Yep, you’ve heard it right!
Technically colors are just results when our brains try to make sense of signals it receives from the outside world. So if it was not our brains, chances are our world would probably look like a scene from the matrix.
So hooray for brains!
Keep calm, and bring some color to your life.