June 21, 2011

Caribbean Red

I'm very proud of this photo. Not just because it's so beautiful, but because I managed to take it - under such pressure, too; the flowers are so light, and the wind kept taking them. However, as you can see, I did it.

I'd like to show you some of my photos that capture the Caribbean red. It's a colour that transfixed me time and time again. Whatever you might think about synesthesia, I think that Caribbean red jingles and rings. It has the ability to linger in the Caribbean air.

Here's a quotation from Colour: Messages and Meanings by Leatrice Eiseman:
"Red is the most physical color in the spectrum. It is the most viscerally alive hue,the symbolic color of the heart,strong-willed and expressing strong emotions. It may command us to stop but at the same time encourages movement. Physiologically, red is a call to the adrenaline glands to get the body and senses activated.
Word association studies invariably show red is perceived as most sensual of all colors and, as the saying goes, 'sex sells'. "


  1. Hello Olga:
    These pictures are superb - so vibrant, so redolent of place and, we feel, so very personal because, as we understand it, you selected them as subjects which had, and continue to have, an appeal to you.

    But none of that properly describes the first image which has an intensity and depth almost unmatched. It is, Olga, outstanding. We do so hope that you will frame it.

  2. Such a beautiful vibrant red, but with a touch of depth that means it's not at all brash, and so striking against the blue. You have me looking around here wishing I had some of it. Your flower photo is wonderful.

  3. Love all the red, it´s such a vivid color! :-)

  4. Yep, you're right about that red. Not just the Caribbean, but throughout all Latino tropical cultures, it seems most of the colors are PRIMARY -- intense and vibrant, best expressed in the warm direct sun.

    Red is best, no question about it -- and it goes with the food, the music, the people. So sensuous. So alive.

    Great pics.


  5. Great pictures. I think it's not for no reason that hearts are always painted red.

  6. what amzing colors!!!
    I looove those red!!!

    Bravo Olga!!

  7. A simply stunning post! Your artist's eye is evident in every shot. I especially love the tiny red flowers on the vibrant blue.

  8. i so love your skills, its like we are there with you~

  9. Red is my favorite color, always been. A Scorpio thing. But not all reds are created equal. The flower is just right. good job.

  10. You should be proud :) Love all the beautiful reds!

  11. Hello Olga,
    the idea of ​​looking red is great!
    You rewarded us with this red sequence of high quality and artistic flair.
    A hug from the studio

  12. Sinulla 'Värimaailma ja Compositio' hallussa.
    Karibian-punainen on oma tunnelma-väri.
    Mainio kuva-sarja 'Näkemyksiä'...!

  13. It can be seen through your pictures how much you do love colours! an I can still remember your pictures of "tiny" people in red on the snow. Like you needed it!

  14. you are so talented. I am in love with teh very first picture. It brilliant!Thanks for sharing with us this lovely photo sequence!!!

  15. The head-dress on the woman in the last pic is amazing! Love the little red flowers too. Flowers have such depth in their colours.

  16. love these olga...that first shot is superb...but I'm also quite attracted to the pealing paint images...something about transitions always appeals to me.

  17. Absolutely amazing! Red is all that and more! Caribbean red just sums it up. Your photogrpaphs are to die for. When are you having an exhibition of your photographs??

    Think you might like a quote from my book 'Violet Jelly'. Vera the fly is looking for something to make her beautiful and discovers a jar of 'red':

    'Vera is out of the bag and the ointment. She is looking at a bottle full of red.
    "Are you ointment?" she asks.
    "No. Food colouring," it answers.
    "Oh. Will it make me beautiful?" Vera hopes it will.
    "No. Just red," answers the bottle.'

  18. Hi Jane and Lance Hattatt,
    You're absolutely right - I have many different photos that might only be interesting to me :) Thank you for your wonderful compliments.

    Hi mise,
    Looking at the colours that I find on your blog, I think that it would be interesting for you to see this post. I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

    Hi tinajo,
    Thank you very much. You don't see it too often in Toronto - at least it isn't so bright.

    Hi Rick,
    I really miss the Caribbean. Especially today, on such a grey and rainy day.

    Hi Sharon Longworth,
    I think that the colour red seems different in every place. It's unlike any other colour in being able to capture the personality of the place where it appears.

  19. Hi bicocacolors,
    Coming from you, it's a bit compliment. The red colour in your blog always astounds me.

    Hi Deborah,
    I'm glad you liked this photos. It's been my favourite for a long long time :)

    Hi once in a blue moon,
    Thank you. My skills are getting better, I suppose, but I still don't consider them good enough :)

    Hi R. Jacob,
    Lots of Scorpios around me. Not real ones - but the Zodiac sign; a lot of family members :) Thank you for your comment.

    Hi Natasha,
    Thank you. The Caribbean had so much red that I miss all the crazy colour combinations right now.

    Hi Antonio,
    The Caribbean red is really extraordinary. It's so transparent and cloudy. Thank you for your comment.

  20. Hi Eko,
    Minun Karibian sarja ei ole vielä päättynyt. Se tapahtuu joissakin maissa, käyt niitä jonkin aikaa, mutta vaikutelmat kestää pitkään. Kiitos kohteliaisuudesta.

    Hi Pet,
    It's so nice that you remember some of my previous posts. I'm a big colour enthusiast.

    Hi Colores,
    From a person with such a colourful blog, and with the amount of colour in each post, it is a huge compliment :)

    Hi Sarah,
    The photo that you liked is from the Carnival. Everything happened so quickly there that remembering it is like thinking of a dream. I'm glad I took this photo for my memories.

    Hi LauraX,
    I'm really glad that you noticed this peeling paint. There are so many places in Philipsburg that have peeling paint like that. Have you noticed that the opposite side of the red paint is the opposite colour of green?

    Hi aguja,
    Thank you for this wonderful comment. Of course, I really enjoyed your quote. There are so many aspects to it, even a bit of absurdity :)

  21. well, you've certainly "sold" me, with these gorgeous photos! :)

  22. Wow your photos are truly eye candy. I love drinking up all these beautiful colors, especially the vibrants reds! :)

  23. Absolutely stunning Olga. They are superb, I particularly love the first one, the contrast with that lovely blue, and the peeling paint. I love texture and that one makes me want to touch it. You are brilliant!

  24. I liked this post, it made my eyes happy :) :)

  25. Yes, there is something about red. I love the variety of photos you used to highlight your theme.

  26. Yes, I agree, the color palette in this series is remarkable. I really enjoy your first shot especially, it is brilliant.

  27. thank U for visit my blog, I Love your pics, there are very nice, pretty good =), many greetings anda thanks again, following.

  28. Olga, you should be proud of all of these photographs. They are truly amazing.

  29. here in Canary islands is too much red are something like the Caribbean, I really like your pictures

  30. Olga, Thank you for visiting my blog steps.
    A wonderfully strong colors is a blog your photos.
    I looked at art on the web side. Is a wonderfully strong acrylic fabric colors.
    Beautiful pictures.

    Greetings from Finland there to Toronto!

  31. Hi Olga,

    The colors of these photos are really nice, i like them a lot


  32. These are so vibrant and beautiful!
    I love the colors!


  33. Beautiful series of compositions with this pretty red. Great colors.

  34. Hi Leslie,
    I hope that's a good thing! Thank you for your compliment :)

    Hi Jennifer Fabulous,
    I have a thing about the colour red. I'm not your stalker, but I still remember your red skirt :)

    Hi Dolly,
    The colours in the Caribbean are uncompromising!

    Hi Krystal,
    If you're happy, that means my mission is accomplished :)

    Hi Pieces of Sunshine,
    Thank you for your visit. I hope you're enjoying my blog so far. Come again!

  35. Hi Doug,
    Thank you. I myself really like this first shot. Anything that comes with difficulty brings the most satisfaction :)

    Hi TgRs,
    Thank you for following me. I'm so glad I found your blog. I appreciate your compliment.

    Hi Randy,
    I'm glad you enjoyed my Caribbean impressions.

    I can imagine how beautiful it must be on Canary Islands. I visited Spain a few times.

    Hi Liplatus,
    I'm really glad that you enjoyed my colour preferences. I really appreciate your comment.

  36. Hi Sérgio,
    Thank you. It's great to hear that you liked the colours.

    Hi tywo,
    I can't live without colour. I try to find new shades every day.

    Hi Leovi,
    Your blog with the abstract pictures is always a big boost for me in terms of colour.

  37. That red is so saturated! It practically drips off the computer screen.

  38. Hi Lydia,
    There are so many ways to see the colour red. I'm glad you liked mine:)

  39. i love this post. yes, the red in your caribbean photographs is so alive. it's why i was so transfixed by your red carnival costume photograph. i felt as if i was there. and these photos take me there again. thank you.

  40. Great artistic images. I like me very much. Have a peaceful weekend. Peter.

  41. loving this set of red!! great pictures!

  42. Tetszik a piros szín, jók a fotók, vidámság van bennük!
    Szép napot!

  43. I love all these pictures, they're so vibrant!

  44. Hi Angella,
    I really miss Saint Martin and keep thinking about it. It really is such a magical place. I'm glad you're back and blogging again.

    Hi Pierre,
    I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

    Hi Peter,
    Thank you for the compliment. I was really trying :)

    Hi Kristina,
    Thank you for visiting. I'm glad you liked my red photos.

    Hi nfde,
    Köszönjük, hogy kommentálja. Örülök, hogy élvezte a vörös képeket. Én elkészítése után a vörös szín Torontóban.

    Hi M@risa,
    I'm glad you found a moment to visit my blog. On Saint Martin, all the colours are astounding, both the bright and the light ones.

  45. I love this series, the colours are so bright!

  46. I love the red hat the lady is wearing.