Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #81: Find Something Red

This week, Patti invite you to share your “red” shots, “Sometimes in the middle of winter, the world is reduced to stark shades of black and white.  This is the time when my eyes are drawn to bursts of color.”

Red has been part of our palette since the very beginning of human history. The dusky red bison dotting the cave walls of Altamira in Spain are some of the oldest, dated between 20,000 and 14,000 BC.

Since ancient times, the color red is powerful and prestigious. And, it still is.

Red has different associations in different cultures and beliefs. In some parts of Africa, red is a color of mourning, representing death. In China, Red symbolizes good luck, happiness and prosperity, and in Japan, red is the traditional color of heroism.

It was not difficult to spot red in Kyoto.

In ancient Egypt, red ochre was used as a cosmetic. This image below was taken inside of the tomb of the Valley of the Kings. The majority of the royal tombs were decorated with religious texts and images with colors. The Valley was used for primary burials from approximately 1539 BC to 1075 BC.

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As always, Patti, Tina, Ann-Christine, and I look forward to seeing your responses of “find something red.”

On a cold foggy morning, I was happy to spot the Red-head Woodpecker.

A Special Announcement:  All of us at Lens-Artists are delighted to announce that next week’s challenge (#82) will be hosted by our special guest host, Viveka of My Guilty Pleasures.   Please be sure to visit Viveka’s site on Saturday, February 1st to view her challenge theme.  For the rest of February, we’ll return to our usual weekly schedule.

80 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #81: Find Something Red

  1. Dear Amy Ji you have presented a royal majestic image of red from aspects of philosophy of heroism, grace and shine of the automobile and the creativity of nature in the bird. Loved all the scenes and in a broad international landscape. Thank you for this amazing revelation.

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  2. You have a really good eye for interesting shots, Amy. The second photo with the two photographers snapping the photo of the red car is such a good photo and I’m impressed with how you saw the potential and framed it so well. I love the color red, and in winter, it really does brighten our environment. 🙂

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    • Thank you for your compliment, Debra. I did try to include these two people and place the red car in the middle. I agree, red looks cheerful in winter. 🙂

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  4. But of course – China! The obvious choice when it comes to red. A country where people wear red wedding dresses as well. Beautiful photos, Amy, and history from Egypt as well. My favorite is the woodpecker – a gorgeous bird, and so well captured!

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  5. Beautiful choices Amy, like me you’ve found that Asian countries adore their reds and use them beautifully. I loved your harkening back to ancient times and of course OH MY that woodpecker!

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  6. Red is my favourite colour. Last September I really enjoyed the red rocks of Sedona. Once I’m done with my reporting on our Alaska trip I’ll get to that tour.
    Have a wonderful Sunday,
    Pit

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      • It will be a while before I get to doing anything about that trip to the Southwest. Before that, I need to finish Alaska, which at present means to sort through about 250 or so pictures, edit tem and then weed them out, plus editing about an hour or more of video. I sure need a 24-hour day! I keep thinking of waht one of my teachers used to say whenever we complained about too much homework, “The day has 24 hours, and if that’s not enough, we add the night!” 😉

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  7. Oh! The red-head woodpecker is simply gorgeous, Amy!! And wow! You went to the Valley of the Kings! That must have been amazing! I’ve been to the pyramids when I was little but sadly I can’t remember that! Thank you for sharing information about the different meanings of red in the different cultures, I love learning things like that! Beautiful post!

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  8. A wonderful sequence Amy, I especially love your image of the red-headed woodpecker, such a beautiful bird 💜 xxx

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