Red (2014)
Manipulated photograph by Lisa Kelly


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Lisa Kelly

United Kingdom

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Red’ 2014
Photographic Prints

The colour red is known to be the colour that in any setting or situation will catch the viewer’s attention first. This photography triptych focuses on the emotive powers of the colour red. After exploring the history of this colour and all the stereotypes that have been attached to its meaning, I decided to explore the effects of removing all colours from my photographs except for the colour red. This effect was achieved using a camera filter and none of the photographs were preconceived or set-up. The element of chance adds to the sincerity of these photographs. The red expresses warmth in contrast to the feelings of detachment due to the surrounding black and white image.
I decided to create a double exposure as the centrepiece in this triptych. This double exposure was used to further exaggerate how visually powerful the colour red is. I double exposed a lonely black and white landscape photograph with the bold and vibrant photograph of the red jumper in image one. The outcome added a new interpretation of the colour red. Not only was it portraying warmth, sensuality and visual stimulation, it was also appearing to be quite over-powering and violent compared to the tranquil landscape.

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Photographic paper, photoshop,

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