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The Flickr Color Exploration Series: RED

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Welcome to the first in a series of color explorations by the Sifter. Tapping into the wonderful photography community at Flickr, a search as simple as the color “RED” generates over 11 million results! Below you will find 20 photographs that caught my eye along with some fascinating facts about this primary color.

1. Red Bridge – Wakayama Prefecture


Photograph by Paco Alcantara

2. Red Balloon Finds Its Sky


Photograph by Uros Petrovic

3. Red Beetle


Photograph by Mishari Alreshaid

4. Red Rose


Photograph by Sarah

5. Red Peppers


Photograph by Moonjazz


The Color RED

– Red is any of a number of similar colors evoked by light consisting predominantly of the longest wavelengths of light discernible by the human eye, in the wavelength range of roughly 630–740 nm. Longer wavelengths than this are called infrared (below red), and cannot be seen by the naked human eye
– Red is used as one of the additive primary colors of light, complementary to cyan, in RGB color systems. Red is also one of the subtractive primary colors of RYB color space but not CMYK color space
– In the English language, the word red is associated with the color of blood, certain flowers and ripe fruits. Fire is also strongly connected, as is the sun and the sky at sunset

Source: Wikipedia

6. Paint the Town Red


Photograph by Butch Osborne

7. Top Floor at the Hilton – Kuala Lumpur


Photograph by Trey Ratcliff

8. Woman in Red Sari


Photograph by Een Ar

9. Red Lips


Photograph by Alice Marie Photography

10. Red Stormtrooper


Photograph by RedandJonny


Red Symbolism

– Red is used as a symbol of guilt, sin and anger, often as connected with blood or sex. This all comes from a general Hebrew view inherited by Christianity which associates red with the blood of murder, as well as with guilt in general. Often, things will be in red to scare. In Roman Catholicism, red represents wrath, one of the Seven Deadly Sins. In Christianity, Satan is usually depicted as colored red and/or wearing a red costume in both iconography and popular culture
– The color red is also associated with lust, passion, love, and beauty as well. The association with love and beauty is possibly related to the use of red roses as a love symbol. Both the Greeks and the Hebrews considered red a symbol of love, as well as sacrifice
– Red is used as a symbol of courage and sacrifice, as in blood spilt in sacrifice or courage in the face of lethal danger. Examples of this are found in the flags of many nations

Source: Wikipedia

11. 1000 Red Gates – Kyoto Japan

Great Photowalk in San Clemente!

nThanks to everyone that came out for a beautiful sunset in San Clemente! I was happy to meet you all and hope you had a good time. Victor from Typical Shutterbug put up a post with a link to a Flickr group where you can share your photos.nn

Daily Photo – 1,000 Red Gates

nWhat a wonderful and unique place on earth this is! In Kyoto, Japan, there resides the unique shrine of Fushimi Inari. It consists of thousands of red gates that wind up and down the mountain. I walked through it deep into the night…. I was the only one around and it was downright eerie. Every now and then, the gates would stop and there would be a mini-shrine off to one side or a graveyard to another. Both of these added to the creep factor.nnI had a serious worry about an hour into the hike through these gates — what if they turn off the lights? I had no flashlight! I considered my two options — I could strobe my SB-800 to find my way out, which would be a totally surreal experience through these gates. Or, I could do what one of my Israeli hiker friends did in Argentina, use the back of my camera display for light (he actually used his to set up his tent)!nnfrom the blog www.stuckincustoms.com”,”created_timestamp”:”0″,”copyright”:””,”focal_length”:”0″,”iso”:”0″,”shutter_speed”:”0″,”title”:”1000 Red Gates”}” data-image-title=”1000 red gates kyoto japan fushimi inari” data-image-description=”” data-medium-file=”https://twistedsifter.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/1000-red-gates-kyoto-japan-fushimi-inari.jpg?w=799&h=533?w=300″ data-large-file=”https://twistedsifter.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/1000-red-gates-kyoto-japan-fushimi-inari.jpg?w=799&h=533?w=799″ src=”https://twistedsifter.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/1000-red-gates-kyoto-japan-fushimi-inari.jpg?w=799&h=533″ alt=”1000 red gates kyoto japan fushimi inari” width=”799″ height=”533″ class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-16996″ srcset=”https://twistedsifter.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/1000-red-gates-kyoto-japan-fushimi-inari.jpg 799w, https://twistedsifter.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/1000-red-gates-kyoto-japan-fushimi-inari.jpg?w=150&h=100 150w, https://twistedsifter.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/1000-red-gates-kyoto-japan-fushimi-inari.jpg?w=300&h=200 300w, https://twistedsifter.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/1000-red-gates-kyoto-japan-fushimi-inari.jpg?w=768&h=512 768w” sizes=”(max-width: 799px) 100vw, 799px” />
Photograph by Trey Ratcliff

12. Red Sunflower


Photograph by Jerry E. Shelton

13. Red Fireworks


Photograph by ShutterSparks

14. Reichstag Building – Berlin


Photograph by John Dalkin

15. Red Rose Macro


Photograph by Tim Hamilton


Political Red

– As early as the 9th century, the Khurramites successors to the Mazdak religion and proto-communists in the Middle Ages of the Middle East used red as their symbol for revolution. Even before Europe’s Revolutions of 1848, Socialist red was used as a color of European Revolutionaries, often in the form of the red flag
– The identification of Communism with Socialist red (with the red flag being the primary color of the flag of the Soviet Union) and the red star being a Communist emblem led to such Cold War phrases as “the Red Menace” and “Red China”
– China’s de-facto anthem under Mao Zedong was “The East Is Red”. Mao Zedong was sometimes referred to as a “red sun”. The color was also associated with political vehicles such as the Red Guard in China and the Red Guards during the Russian Revolution of 1917 as well as with left wing paramilitary terrorist groups such as the Red Army Faction in Germany and the Japanese Red Army
– Red remains associated with parties on the left of the political spectrum. However, the major exception is the United States. There, red is associated with the right-wing Republican Party

Source: Wikipedia

16. Red Beetle


Photograph by David Bailey

17. Red Birdhouses


Photograph by Todd Klassy

18. Red Flowers


Photograph by Jose Glez y Lopez

19. Red Umbrella


Photograph by Aurelio Asiain

20. Pomegranate


Photograph by Bahman Farzad







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