Color

Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams. 

Paul Gauguin

What is color? The dictionary says it as:
Color (n): the property possessed by an object of producing different sensations on the eye as a result of the way the object reflects or emits light.

We won’t see what they are, just what they reflect/project -Colors are the best examples for this saying. Some time it makes me think too much about the color, composition of the things and it feels like some Maya is binding our eyes and mind.

Physics says that an object is of specific color when it reflects that color. That means the object absorbs every other color than the one we see it as!

What did we learn as basic colors and mix them in different composition to get new colors? Does it mean that we develop opposite color absorbing shades so that required color gets reflected?

What about the paints, does red paint indicates that we have a paint that does not absorb red so that the thing it gets coated looks red?  What we specify as a red apple, does it indicate that the apple has absorbed every other color than red so that it appears red? Means apple contains every other color from the spectrum and lets only the red light gets reflected from its surface.

So what appears to us is just the opposite of the colors that object has absorbed from the light?

Thinking more on colors make me think of the whole world of colors as an illusion. What we see, what it is, what it appears, what we perceive and what word we use for describing the colors, the feeling it triggers in different people- all appears to be different.

Looks like black and white are the only true colors, as white reflects all the colors and black absorbs everything. However, if I think of different shades, finish, depth, brightness and other aspects of black & white, again  it takes me to another world of wonders.

Oops! Should we think this much on colors and get confused with the creations of nature?  Or just be grateful for the array of colors bestowed on us and the amazing power of eyes that allows us to enjoy the vibrant colors of life?


—Anitha KC

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