I’ve always been drawn to the color blue.
When favorite color was revealed as the topic for this week’s blog circle of pet photographers around the world, I crossed my fingers and did a little dance around the living room, hoping Spokane skies would clear away.
I knew the exact image I wanted to create, but there were still obstacles in place.
Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order to limit the spread of coronavirus has been weighing heavily on my soul. I want to do the right thing, many of us do, but this is the time of year I pack up Eddie the Edge, grab Bella and my camera bag, and explore the Palouse and scablands of Eastern Washington. Most photographers prefer to do that when the rolling hills are lush with grass and green. I prefer the browns, a more rugged way of looking at the beautiful landscapes we enjoy.
Still, my favorite color is blue.
The waves of the ocean.
The mountains in the distance.
The clear sky.
The psychology of blue
Blue, as it turns out, is the most universally favored color. A worldwide study, conducted by YouGov, surveyed people in 10 countries across four continents. Blue was the most popular color in all of the countries.
So that doesn’t exactly make me feel unique.
Blue, according to Jacob, a “world-renowned color expert,” is the color of trust and loyalty. It has, he writes on his website, Color-Meanings.com, a “calming and relaxing effect on our psyche,” giving us peace and making us feel confident and secure.
It has a tranquil presence and maybe that’s why I feel so much more at peace when the sky is clear and blue, or when I’m sitting on a beach watching the waves of blue roll toward me.
It is my stress relief.
An uncommon stress
We are in unprecedented times. As we self-isolate and avoid nonessential trips out of the house, the weight of the world can hang heavy on us. I can be a bit of a caged animal when I’m told I can’t go … anywhere.
I need to get out of the house and breathe in the greater world.
Do things. See things.
But my rational brain is conflicting that need with the desire to do the right thing. What if … what if … something happened, I got in an accident while out and about, and ended up in the hospital? What if I added to the problem of an overtaxed hospital system and recklessly exposed myself to an environment where the virus is rampant?
I wrestled with it all and knowing the image I wanted to create, busted out the front door with Bella and found a favorite place.
A spot at which we stop at least once every year, just trying to get the right image.
This barn. I almost hate it because I’ve yet to truly nail a great image of it.
As I’m trying to line up a different look, Bella pops into the frame.
And then realizes what I’m doing and tries to steal the show.
The blue of Spokane skies
I imagine most photographers are thinking of some way to present their idea of “social distancing.”
I knew the second favorite color was announced as the blog topic for this week what I wanted to do. And that’s why I danced for clear blue Spokane skies.
The open fields just south of Spokane were perfect on a beautiful clear day.
Not a cloud in the sky.
All around the circle
It was good to get out.
Even if it was for only an hour and a bit.
Bella and I maxxed out that time as much as we could. We’re looking forward to the time when the self-isolation rules are lifted and we can go about our days as we normally do.
To a time I can start booking pet portrait sessions again, meeting with friends, and pursusing stories in the Spokane dog lovers’ world.
Although I suspect we are permanently changed in many ways. Tell me in the comments how you’re dealing with this brave new world.
But first, go on a worldwide tour of pet photographers. Start with Kelly Middlebrooks of Little White Dog Pet Photography in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Click the link at the bottom of her post to get to the next photographer, and so on until you find yourself back here.
Right where you belong.