Green is my favourite colour, and has been for as long as I can remember. On one level I suppose my love for this colour reflects my love for plants and nature in general, but mainly it is simply a colour that I enjoy using and seeing around me. Many of my belongings and tools that I use everyday – from notebooks and pens to clothes and towels – are green. And since I photograph plants more often than I do any other subject, green is naturally the dominant colour in my photographs.
Plants are green because they contain chlorophyll, a green pigment that is important to photosynthesis, the process that allows plants to convert the energy of the sun into the chemical energy of sugars. People could not survive without chlorophyll and photosynthesis, as we depend on plants for all of our food and for the oxygen that is produced as a “waste” product of photosynthesis. Plants that are not green still contain chlorophyll, but it is masked by other, non-green pigments.
The colour green is thought to be restful on the eyes, and to symbolize growth, renewal, health, and nature. Being a mix of a warm colour (yellow) and a cool colour (blue), green may also suggest balance and calm. My favourite shade of green is a bright warm yellow-toned green, which reminds me of the colours of fresh spring leaves and grass.
Green (yellow-green) is also the dominant wavelength of light emitted by the Sun. And in conditions of low light, the rod cells in our eyes are suited to picking out objects and colours that are green better than those of other colours.
What’s your favourite colour?