White does not exist in naturePierre-Auguste Renoir
Well, Renoir should know, and on reflection I think he’s right. Peer at a white flower and you’ll observe nuances of different shades. The same in a white sky, even a field of snow. Light and shade play tricks with the eyes and white turns to grey, to blue, to cream.
Perhaps that’s why, when I started to search my archives for ‘white’ images to share for this week’s Sunday Stills challenge, I found the purest whites in manmade objects. Yes, there were white birds and white flowers; but the whites that seemed to gleam the most brightly were the painted buildings, the carved marble statues, and the clothes worn to mark a special occasion or out of tradition.
Last time Terri asked us to focus on this colour I chose to feature a single subject, the stunning temple at Ranakpur in Rajasthan. This time around I’ve pulled together a gallery of images from my archives. In doing so I set myself two challenges within the challenge, as it were. To avoid flowers (too easy) and to avoid snow (too obvious). This is the result. A few birds crept into the mix (there could have been more; I love to photograph swans in particular). For the rest, all are man made and all are more or less white!
Sculpture of revolutionary fighters at the Revolutionary Martyrs Cemetery in Pyongyang, North Korea
Figures at Wat Langka temple and the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Detail of the stunning White Hall in Rundāle Palace, Latvia
The statue of a young Queen Victoria in front of Kensington Palace in Kensington Gardens, London
Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavik, inspired by the landscape of Iceland, in particular the basalt formations
Chimneys on Farol Island in the Algarve
On a market stall in Jaipur; these cups are made from sugar and used in festival celebrations
In the village of Misfat Al Abriyeen, Oman
On the streets of Jodhpur; white robe, white turban, white beard
Posing for wedding photos in Holland Park, London
Egret on the beach at Kovalam, Kerala, India
Swan at a rose farm in Bulgaria
Pelican at Mandina Lodge in the Gambia