Let's Snap Together – Exercise 9 Analogous Color

Analogous colors are those which sit next to each other on the color wheel. Each color has a unique wavelength, thus similar colors are in sync with each other. Green, blue and purple together are an example of analogous colors.


Photo by Michele Blackwell

Using analogous colors minimizes contrast and creates harmony. Color harmony can be found in nature. Sitting on the dock, looking out at the horizon where the sky and ocean seem to meet, brings a sense of calm. The same sense of peace might be experienced while walking through a dense green forest.


The stimuli of contrast and pops of color are wonderful for encouraging new thoughts and capturing attention, but sometimes the continuity of analogy is needed to create a sense of balance.


We can relate color harmony to our lives by thinking of colors not as hues but rather as wavelengths. Have you ever spent time with a good friend who just ‘gets you?’ You two are on the same wavelength. While it's important to venture out into the world and seek out new and varied experiences, it’s good too, to recharge with the people, places, and rituals that restore our sense of peace and harmony. Are you taking the time to recharge?

Today, find or create color harmony and create a photograph. Post it with the hashtag #snapwithme2020.

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