According to sources that specialize in the roles and meanings of colors in our lives, red is considered one of the top two favorite colors. Red represents many distinct states of being that fall across two extremes of the emotional spectrum. Red is heat, passion, love, and anger. It’s also determination, energy, motion, and action. Red is dance, wine, blood, and fire. Red is the most common color in the world’s flags, the item that’s supposed to represent an entire people. It is associated with our most physical needs and our will to survive. The color red is warm and inviting and has the volatility to also be intimidating and provoking.
Above all, red is one of the primary colors in the interaction between light and matter. The physiology can get a bit dense, what with its 700nm in wavelength on the electromagnetic spectrum. But thanks to the anatomy of our eyes, the jist of it is, that it’s the first color we see. It reaches our eyes faster than any other color, and therefore, plays a prominent role in our everyday lives. It is the strongest, and most alluring to our attention. Because we’re slaves to the power of this color, we’ve come to adopt many powerful meanings and representations for it. It is beautiful to work with, and desirable to capture. You can see and experience the diversity that the color red is capable of for yourself in the Red photo gallery.