We all know pink as the colour of romance, and most of us think of it as girly. It is also considered calming; paler shades of pink are sometimes used in prisons to calm inmates. And apparently sports teams have been known to paint the opposition changing room pink to make their players passive and less energetic.
In recent years there has been something of a back-lash against the idea that ‘pink is for girls’. And understandably so, as we strive to eliminate gender inequalities and stereotyping. Not everywhere, however, as you will see …
But there is another side to pink: vibrant, energetic, not taking itself too seriously. And I’m not embarrassed to say that I love pink in that guise, even if it does make me seem girly (surely not possible at my age?!)
Blogging colour challenges are some of my favourites. Some months back I had fun sorting through my photo archives for images that were predominantly yellow; and arranging them in descending order of size. Yellow Big and Yellow Small was posted in response to a Lens Artists Challenge theme set by Patti. I said at the time that I might repeat the exercise in the future with a different colour.
Pink big and pink little
Now, with Terri’s Sunday Stills theme of the Pink Side of October in mind, the time seems right for that repeat. Terri asks us to share pink images in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So let’s flood our blogs with as much pink as we can!
I have to start with a sunset, even if it’s one I’m sure I’ve shared before, in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.
And a sunrise, with the unmistakeable silhouette of the Angkor Wat temple, Cambodia.
Getting a little smaller, here’s a group of old houses in Tallinn, Estonia.
And a single terrace house in Whitstable, Kent – as far from girly pink as it’s surely possible to get?
Talking of girly pinks, this is a girls’ bedroom at the Songdowon International Schoolchildren’s Camp in Wonsan, North Korea; and yes, the boys’ bedrooms are all in blue. No concerns about gender stereotyping there!
This sign in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, makes its choice of colour very clear, although I have no idea what sort of business it is advertising!
A pair of pink doors. The one on the left is in the old town of Tallinn, Estonia; that on the right at the Musee Tiskiwin in Marrakesh.
I wasn’t quite sure where in my descending size order to put this shot, taken on the prom in Brighton, East Sussex. The girl’s hair and top are relatively small, but the painted games court in the background rather large; certainly larger than a door! So here she is, somewhere between the two ‘correct’ spots.
This is the uniform worn by Ringo Starr on the cover of the Sergeant Pepper LP, on display in the Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool.
I spotted the lady on the left in the beautiful Kerala Backwaters in India. Her sunshade is quite small, but you can just make out the vibrant little house among the trees, so I bumped her up the list.
The twins on the right were enjoying a Sunday afternoon in Bei Hai Park in Beijing, looking for carp in a fishpond.
Here’s a row of piglets outside a shop in the Meatpackers District of New York; a nod, I assume, to the area’s previous trade?
And back to Tallinn for another pig, this one carved in wood. I found him outside a shop in a more suburban part of the city.
Who wouldn’t want to stop and buy one from this ice cream stand in Washington State?
Here’s a cheerful display outside a gift shop in Tynemouth, north east England.
We can’t take a look at pink without including a flamingo! I photographed this one at Jersey Zoo. I’m not always a fan of zoos but Jersey Zoo, founded by the naturalist Gerald Durrell, has an impressive record in conservation and really looks after its animals.
And this is a flamingo of sorts, spotted at the Little Venice Festival in London
Here’s a smaller pink bird, an inquisitive Chaffinch at Kielder Water in Northumberland.
Once the sun rose I was able to photograph this waterlily in one of the pools at Angkor Wat.
I had to smile at this little soap dish in the ladies’ room of the Panmunjomkwan Restaurant at the DMZ in North Korea. The rhyme reads: ‘Take my heart and hold it ture [sic, I assume ‘true’] / forever I’ll stay close to you. / Seize my words and listen well / then forever I will tell.’
Getting smaller now with this pile of dried rosebuds for sale at the Place des Epices in Marrakesh.
And I’ll finish with the smallest pink things I could find in my archives, these little pink berries in the rain at Kamikochi National Park in the Japanese Alps.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this whistle-stop tour around the different pinks of the world. Maybe one day I’ll repeat this ‘big to small’ exercise again, with a third colour!