Our lives are full of color and generally we accept
color as part of our lives in a casual and nonchalant
manner. But color affects us very deeply, on a physical
level, an emotional and psychological level and a
spiritual level. Our individual identities are largely
expressed by our own personal understandings or feelings
toward color. It defines our fashion sensibilities,
expressed in our ability to create art, our interior and
exterior environments, and can encourage or adversely
health and well being. Color can be erotic and sensual,
calming and passive, expressive and vital. Yet what
makes color work? How do we relate to color, use it in
our lives, manipulate it and master it even while most
people have no true understanding of what color is?
At face value color is a scientific phenomenon,
measurable and definable with rules and boundaries.
But the way we experience color is personal. No
color is seen the same way by any two people. Color may
have different meanings to people in different cultures.
see color because of light. However, light waves are not
in themselves colored. Our perception of color arises in
the human eye and brain. Each hue, or pure color, is
defined by a particular light ray (a particular
electromagnetic energy). The human eye perceives visible
light, falling between wave lengths of 400 and 700 mill microns
only. We are not able to perceive other
forms of light rays, such as ultraviolet light, without
the use of specially designed apparatus.
How we see color
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