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The Colours of Lomography: Yellow

Yellow is the color of autumn, leaves falling, seasons changing. The color of Swedish cheesecake (which way exceeds original cheesecake) and orange juice. Or soon to be clementine season -- the best part about winter.

How do you feel about autumn? Or do you live in a place of the world where you’re now going on to spring and yellow does not mean autumn and leaves on the ground for you? Tell me all about it!

Do you have any specific memories or feelings connected to yellow? And what yellow-coloured thing do you love most? Fire? Fireworks? Cheese?

There is so much color all around us and I don’t think we cherish it enough. Color affects us in many ways even when we don’t think about it. As a lomographer you already know that you’re almost sure to like a photo with lots of gorgeous crazy colors in it!

Autumn for me: make a fire, make some tea, listen to the rain and stay warm and cozy. What’s it for you?

Color history and meaning:

Yellow is the color of sunshine. It is a warm color that, like red, has conflicting symbolism. On one hand it denotes happiness and joy, but on the other hand, yellow is also the color of cowardice and deceit. Yellow is one of the warm colors. Because of the high visibility of bright yellow, it is often used for hazard signs and some emergency vehicles. Yellow is cheerful.

For years, yellow ribbons were worn as a sign of hope as women waited from their men to come marching home from war. Today, they are still used to welcome home loved ones. It’s also used for hazard signs, creating an association between yellow and danger, although not quite as dangerous as red.

What do you think about yellow? Show me some of your best and brightest yellows!

written by lighttomysoul


  1. emperornorton


    That firetruck scene almost looks like it was taken by a tilt-shift lens.

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  2. pomps


    I'm not a fun of yellow but I'll give it a chance :)

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  3. saidseni


    "And what yellow-coloured thing do you love most?" That one is easy! http://www.lomograph(…)w-submarine. Nice series, by the way. :)

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  4. asharnanae


    Autumn is the best time of year, and in many ways it has always been the beginning of the year for me, not near the end, as I went straight from my own education into teaching others, so I've not lived without term timings since I was 5. But Autumn and the colour yellow mean mainly one thing to me, the beautiful huge cherry tree in our garden, who's leaves go from a fiery orange tinged yellow in september/October to a pale silver yellow by the end of november.

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