Not Enough Yellow

Not Enough Yellow

Not Enough Yellow. Image: cc (CC BY 2.0) flickr photo by Seth Goodman

DS106 Daily Create assignment in photography (#673 for 11/11/13). Details: Bonnard said, “You can never have too much yellow.” Prove it in a photograph. Learn more about Bonnard’s reasoning with his painting of The Yellow Boat (from the Tate).

For this Create, I had to resist the temptation to do something typical like take a picture of a banana or a lemon, but I couldn’t get passed those images. I knew I just had move through them to get to the creative side just as it’s helpful to free write morning pages to purge one’s mind for new thoughts. I went to the kitchen and set up the bananas next to the lemons in front of the yellow wall in the kitchen.

The interesting thing about that yellow wall is that when my wife (Darla) and I moved into and renovated this house I advocated for all white walls, everywhere. It was our first house together and I felt that this new life chapter (not only a new home but our first home together) warranted white, white, white. Dar had a different take on this and instead wanted color, color, color! In the end, each room of the house had an accent color and it has made such a difference. In the kitchen, we went with yellows and oranges; colors that Dar and I haven’t particularly favored in the past but for some reason we’ve come to like. We painted the two walls in the “great room” (combination kitchen, dining room and living room) with shades of yellow and accented them with Formica countertops in the pattern called “Atomic Orange” (which you can see from my first ever Daily Create back on January 21, 2012). The yellow walls are her “special walls” upon which she hangs all of her favorite art and sentimental gifts. Like Bonnard, Dar thinks you can never have too much yellow.

Sunshine inside: yellow walls and orange counter tops. Image by Seth Goodman.

Sunshine inside: yellow walls and orange counter tops. Image by Seth Goodman.

So I took my photograph of the bananas and lemons and yellow wall and our daughter walked in with her friend at that moment and asked me what I was up to. I explained and she still thought I was behaving strangely. So as I sat at the computer thinking about where to go with this very ordinary photograph, my daughter walked in with a quick crayon drawing that she and her friend made for me: a banana and a lemon in front of a yellow wall. It seemed like she was making an effort to be helpful but it’s really her way of saying: “Dad, you’re weird.” I loved the drawing and thought about how I might incorporate it into the Create. From there, I made a quick connection and decided to create a tile effect with a few more pictures to compose several images of the original, “very ordinary” composition. I admit I enhanced the yellow-factor in these pictures with the auto-adjust in Microsoft Picture Manager.

What I like best of all in the Daily Create exercise is that it provides a conduit for storytelling: bringing story in to the project, creating story in the process, and taking a story home with you when it’s all done. It may not be “yellow” but I agree you can never have too much of it.

This post counts as 500 words of expressive writing towards my unspecified goal of “lots more” writing in the month of November for Academic Writing Month.
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