I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.Georgia O’Keeffe
Life is a train of moods like a string of beads and as we pass through them they prove to be many-coloured lenses which paint the world their own hue, and each shows only what lies in its focus.Ralph Waldo Emerson
I went looking for good quotes about kaleidoscopes but instead found myself drawn to ones about multiple colours. Maybe that’s the same thing?
And how many colours can you pack into one photo? That’s the challenge I set myself when I saw Jude’s Life in Colour challenge for this month: ‘let’s celebrate that with the brightest / most colourful images you can find’. The photo above was taken outside an artist studio in Arpino, Italy. Now let’s see what else I unearthed in my archives!
This window in the Sainte Chappelle in Paris really looks like a kaleidoscope!
As do these in the Sacre Coeur (left) and St Alban’s Abbey in England (right).
I think these dancers in Pyongyang, North Korea, look a bit like a kaleidoscope too.
The person who painted these steps in Praia on Santiago, one of the Cape Verde Islands, certainly knew the meaning of the word colourful!
And these fabrics that I spotted in a souvenir shop on another of the islands, Sal, also fit the bill.
It’s easy to find colours in Marrakesh; these little baskets were for sale at a stall in the Place des Epices.
And these tagines in one of the souks.
I found these (mostly) traditional Russian dolls on a flea market stall in Sofia.
Bulgaria’s Plovdiv embraced all the colours of the rainbow when it was Capital of Culture in 2019.
Street art is an obvious place to look but perhaps a bit of a cheat, as it’s really the original artist who put these colours together! Nevertheless I can’t resist including just one example, and this is a favourite, from Valparaiso in Chile.
The Royal Palace in Muscat is striking in its design, and made much more so by the riot of colourful flowers planted in front.
I loved the colours of these girls’ dresses, spotted in the grounds of the Taj Mahal.
At night colours shine more brightly; this is Pub Street in Siem Reap in Cambodia.
And this is Hoi An in Vietnam, the bright lights reflected in the Thu Bon River that runs through the town.
Here is Hoi An by day, with lanterns strung out on the small boats that take tourists for rides on the river, glowing with colour even on a rainy day.
And kites for sale in a shop in its old town.
Kites are fun and so are carousels; I came across this one at the Royal Albert Dock in Liverpool.
These drummers were at a carnival by London’s City Hall a few years ago.
And let’s finish with a riot of colourful food from all over the world!