Capture the Colour Contest Entry

Capture the Colour Contest Entry

Rather late it seems, I am finally participating in a contest I was tagged to enter by Abigail at Inside the TravelLab: Capture the Colour. Thank you Abi!

In all the time I’ve been really serious about photography, I’ve always preferred black and white. I began as a teenager, developing my own film and images in a darkroom. For me, it’s easier and seems more truthful. Yet, I challenge myself to shoot mainly in color now because there’s a trick to it I’ve not yet mastered and a way in which it is done best that isn’t always easy. My favorite living photographer to master color is Steve McCurry. Shooting with Kodachrome, he has amassed a body of work that seems to show our world at its most lively and colorful even when he is showing scenes filled with sorrow or pain. I retreat to black and white photography on the days I know there is simply no competing with photographers like McCurry. Still, I worship color for the way it makes me feel in a part of my soul I can’t even name.

So the Capture the Colour contest excited me immediately. Yet isn’t easy to pick out just one image to represent each of these five colors: green, blue, red, white and yellow. I would have loved to enter several for each category…

I settled for these, each with an accompanying story:

Blue – [photo seen above] This color was simple, when I stopped over-thinking it. Blue is the color of home. Usually, when I see the color blue in all its unobstructed glory it is through the window of a plane as I make my way from one place to another; a journey that will either take me to someplace new or bring me back to a place I love enough to return to. I may live in New York between trips but it’s the journey that is really my home; the one I take to learn more about the world, myself and my place in it. This particular photograph was taken as I made my way from South Africa to Spain just after exploring Mauritius (where an artist completed the henna you see on my hand). I have never learnt as much about myself and the world in such a short time and during that plane ride my head was a complicated space more like a minefield as I pondered all that had just occurred. But when I looked out the window, peace always filled me from head to toe.

Green – I traversed a river that forms the border of two countries, Panama and Costa Rica, in one of the two canoes shown in this photograph. Their green color is unaltered from real life. The trip I took was truly a TRIP. I wrote one of the longest travel stories I’ve ever penned about that experience and to this day the color green still brings back all the perplexities of that day to a place where it is all very fresh in my memory.
Yellow – It required two planes and two buses to reach Burhaniye. When I eventually arrived, overwhelmed and sleep-deprived, and Pete handed me an Effes Limon beer I was finally able to exhale. From my first sip, I knew immediately I had to carve a place in my heart for a beer other than Guinness. It tasted like bottled sunshine, friendship, summer, hope and citrus-tinged refreshment. My 10 day trip progressed at a rate that was alarming and so much happened I could write a book about the journey. But before I knew it, it was already time to leave. So just before I winged my way to yet another new country — Pete, Dalene and I shared a few hours relaxing at the beach in Ören. This is us that day with our Effes Limon. Now, the color yellow reminds me of a day where the bittersweetness of an ending was matched only by the gratefulness I felt at having experienced a country unlike any other: Turkey.
White – I dreamt of Paris for decades before finally visiting. For two weeks I roamed the city avoiding many of the largest tourist attractions, choosing instead to blaze my own trail through the cafes and side streets that I had longed after for so many years. Yet Sacré-Cœur from its post high above the city kept calling my name. The day I finally took le metro, climbed all the steep streets and steps of Montmartre and emerged on top of the hill staring up at the silhouetted spires and statues, I was nearly blinded by how very white the Basilica was. This perspective of the cliché landmark is how I will always remember it; floating in an azure sky punctuated with black, spring branches not yet sprouting the new, green life of summer.
Red – As long as I can remember I have wanted to own an old truck, rusty with a big bed where I could sit in the back piled with blankets and pillow watching movies at a drive-in theater. Living in New York City when I am not traveling, means this entire dream is a little irrelevant. When I saw this truck sitting on a side street in Brooklyn, I immediately smiled. Perhaps one day I will still have reason to own such a vehicle and there will still be a drive-in somewhere on this planet where I can fulfill the last part of that girlhood wish.What photographs would you choose for blue, green, white, yellow and red? I’d love to see! Enter by posting travel photos on your blog that represent the five colors displayed above, link to the competition details and then nominate five other bloggers to do the same. Following that, inform Travel Supermarket that you have entered the Capture the Colour contest through Facebook, Twitter or email. Terms and conditions here. The deadline is August 29th and the winner of each category will be given an iPad3. The winner of the entire contest will receive £2,000 to spend in any way they desire.
I nominate Hecktic Travels, TrekWorld, No Vacation Required, The Traveling Philosopher and Isabelle’s Travel to participate next.

  • August 14, 2012

    I love the white one the best but I think many people will like your photo choice for yellow! 🙂

    • August 14, 2012

       Thanks Jeremy! I like the white one a lot too. Paris will always have a very large part of my heart. But sharing those beers on the beach in Turkey was pretty special too. And I do LOVE beer 😉

  • August 14, 2012

    Would not have expected anything less than spectacular and you delivered!

    • August 14, 2012

       You’re always so sweet. Thank you so much Andi!!!!

  • August 14, 2012

    love love love the green and red shots!

    • August 14, 2012

       Thank you Katrina! Those two are amongst some of my favorite photos I have ever taken. I’m glad you like them as well.

  • August 14, 2012

    Your photography gives me chills! Breathtaking!

  • August 14, 2012

    Love your entries as expected! I’m torn between the blue, the red and the yellow (of course!), though I think I’m leaning toward the truck as my favorite of the five.

    • August 14, 2012

      Very kind! Thank you Kristin! There is just something about an old truck, yes? Particularly in the south. It was in college in Arkansas that I got the closest to actually owning one.

      • August 15, 2012

        Agreed! My sister (super cute little blonde) has a huge Chevy truck (complete with camo wheel cover), and I’m so glad my parents kept it, as Scott and I have now taken it over—it’s become so useful hauling materials to and from our new house! And, if we’re being honest, I feel pretty cool driving it, too =)

        • August 15, 2012

          How fun!! Definite definite perk to having a home base between travels and a sister methinks. As I still shuffle suitcases from one short term rental to another between trips – there is no need for a truck or way to make it work right now. But perhaps someday!

  • August 14, 2012

    Love, love, love the green picture. That’s one of the pretties canoes I’ve ever seen. Also loved your descriptions of each picture, especially for the Blue.

    • August 14, 2012

       Thank you so much, Gina! It’s so funny you should say that about the canoes because I thought the same thing when I saw them. It wasn’t just the color, there was something wonderful about how old they were and made my hand.

  • August 14, 2012

    You delivered! Love the bold color for green and red. Picking a favorite KA photo is like picking a favorite child. Impossible.

    • August 15, 2012

      A favorite child! Ha! I love you two. You always know how to make me smile and laugh. Thank you! xoxo

  • August 14, 2012
    Katra

    I love what you choose for each color! I watched ( via instagram) you find each of the colors as you found pieces of your soul. It only makes sense that they are a rainbow- cuz life is a rainbow! I look forward to seeing more rainbows from you my dear 😉

    • August 15, 2012

      Oh my bestest friend, thank you for following my journey with no jealousy and only love. We are two sides of life’s coin I think, you with a solid home and family and me, roaming as with the wind. But I couldn’t live a life without you in it. You are with me everywhere I go and any colorful scene ALWAYS reminds me of you, first. 

  • August 15, 2012
    LostInCheeseland

    Awesome shots, wonderful stories! 

  • August 15, 2012

    I love the creativity of the beer shot and the groundedness of your red choice. Beautiful, calming, and inspiring. Good luck on the contest, Kirsten!

    • August 15, 2012

      Thank you Roxanne! Sweet compliments and you’re always so intuitive. I guess the red isn’t technically a travel photo, eh?! But it’s still one of my favorite ‘red’ images I’ve ever taken. 

  • August 15, 2012

    I love the green picture, but tough to choose all round.

    • August 15, 2012

      Thank you James! I love that I didn’t even need to edit that one 🙂

  • August 15, 2012
    Cathleen Nagorski

    Re: Red – I used to have a truck and do that at the Auto-Rama on the west side of Cleveland! They’re still going strong and have a great flea market every Saturday during the warmer months. If you ever get that truck, check into the Auto-Rama.

  • August 15, 2012

    Absolutely love these shots—wowza!! Makes mine look infantile by comparison 🙂

  • August 16, 2012

    Gorgeous shots as always, Kirsten – I particularly love the white and yellow ones! Best of luck 🙂

  • August 21, 2012

    Definitely a challenge to pick just one image per color, but I love the grittiness of your red one. I’m actually the opposite of you – I tend to favor color images more than B&W. But it is a great idea to push yourself to do more of what you aren’t as good at. And I agree – I love the richness of McCurry’s images.

  • August 21, 2012

    Love the green boats and red truck. Fun to read some stories along with the pictures also!

  • August 29, 2012

    Great photos, especially love the red one!

  • September 01, 2012

    The green and the white ones are my fave. I.cant.get.over.the.green.

  • September 14, 2012

    Really love the entry for green! Great photography. Thanks for sharing.

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